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DOCUMENTS ANT) RECORDS 



TOWNS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE; 



WITH AN APPENDIX 

EMBRACING THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS OF I^S- 

I779: AND OF I 7 8 I : - 1 7 8 3 : AN D T H E S T ATE 

CONSTITUTION OF 1 784. 



PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE O? NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



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VOLUME IX, 



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COMPILED AND SDITED BY 



NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D., 

Corresponding Secretary of the Neiv Hampshire Historical Society. 



CONCORD, N. II . : 

CHARLES C. PEARSON, STATE PRINTER. 

1875. 



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shewcth, That upwards of Sixty years past the town of Dun- 
stable was Granted by the Government of the Massachusetts 
Bay and laid out. 

That in the year 1734 a part of Dunstable was set off and 
made a distinct township by the name of Litchfield, bv the 
Government of the Massachusetts Bay. That the inhabitants of 
said town acted and Governed themselves bv the Laws of the 
Massachusetts till the settlement of the Boundary Afores' 1 

That they have lately settled a minister among them, That 
they at present labour under Great difficulty for that they are 
not in a capacity to act as a Town by any authority from the 
Province of Xew Hampshire. 

Wherefore your petitioners pray your Excellencv and Hon- 
ours in your Great Wisdom and goodness to take this petition 
under Consideration and to Erect the said Tract of Land which 
contains six miles square nearest into a township with such 
Powers and Priviledges as other Towns within this Province 
have and enjoy, and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever Prav &° 

1 In behalf of 



Joshua Coxvarse 



Feb. 16 th 1741—2 



) the Petitioners 



Petition of inhabitants of Litchjield and Nottingkam~ive$t 
for the same. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Gapt General 
and Comander in Chief in and over his. Majesties Province 
of New Hampshire in New England and to the Honourable 
his Majesties Counsel and House of Representatives of said 
Province in General Court Assembled, at Portsmouth the 



The Petition of some of the Inhabitants of Nottingham and 
some of the inhab'tants of Litchfield humbly sheweth that your 
Petition After a meeting house was built in Nottingham and 
before any was built in Litchfield, erected a meeting 
house for the publick Worship of God where both we and our 
families might attend upon God in his house, and since that 
another meeting house has been set up in Litchfield, so that 
your Petitioners are put to the utmost difficulty to attend upon 
the oublick Worship of God. and it is almost impossible for 
the rest of our families to weight upon God in his house, it 
being five, &. for many of your petitioners more than six miles 
to the publick worship of God. so that we are obliged to leave 
our families behind us which fills those of us who have small 
Children with the Greatest distress imaginable lest some sore 
accident should befall them in our absence. And the rest ot us 



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with the Greatest Grief and sorrow, that our families cannot 
accompany us to the house of God Under these distressing 
circumstances we have applyed ourselves, both to the town of 
Nottingham and Litchfield for Relief, but they have done noth- 
ing for our help, and your Petitioners have for some Consider- 
able time maintained and Supported the publick worship of 
God among us at our ;wn cos: and charge, and at the same 
time paid our . proportion toward building a meeting house, 
both in Nottingham and Litchfield and towards supporting the 
Ministry in both towns, and those of your petitioners that live 
in Nottingham have don our part also towards settling a min- 



ister in Nottingham. 



'our Petitioners Therefore do humblv 



pray that we may be erected into a township there being a suf- 
ficient tract of land in the North Westerly part of Nottingham, 
and Southeasterly part of Litchfield to make a compact Town 
without any predjudice to the towns of Nottingham or Litch- 
field only coming half way from Litchfield Line at the North 
westerly End of Nottingham To Nottingham meeting house 
and going half wav from Nottingham line at the Southerly end 
of Litchfield, on both sides of y° river, to Litchfield meeting- 
house this would make a good township and would not be any 
Disadvantage Either to the Town of Nottingham or Litchfield 
And so we might all of us be accommodated for attending 
upon the public worship of God. But if your lion' : in your 
great Wisdom shall not think it for the best to Erect us into a 
township then our humble petition is that we may be made and 
invested with all the priviledges of a parish with the Bounds 
above mentioned or as much of the Lands within these Bounds 
as your Honour's shall think fit and that you would be pleased 
to send a committee upon our cost and charge to View the 
towns of Litchfield and Nottingham, and Report what they 
shall think proper to be done for us and your Petitioners as in 
Duty Bound shall ever pray. 



Nottingham. 
John Taylor 
Nathan Cross 
William Cumings 
Roger Chase 
John Robinson 
Eleazer Cumings 
Jame- Baret 
Moses Baret 
John Carhan ? 
John Marshal 
Edward Soalding 
John Marsh 
Thomas Marsh 
Benjamin Greely 
Josiah Cumings 



Litchfield. 
Nathaniel Hills 
Henry Hills 
Ebenezer Spalding 
Joseph Kidder 
Joseph Kidder Jr 
Ezekiel Hills 
Joseph Polard 
Henry Hills, Jr 
Rofaard Melurn 
Stephen Spalding 
John Huston 
Nath 1 Mills Jr 
James Hills 
Daniel Hills 
Smith Hills 
Joseph Hills 
John Horkisson. 



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Petition relating to the support of a minister. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Cap' General 

and Comander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province 

of New Hampshire in New England. December y e 2$ ta 

1742. 

The petition ot some of the Inhabitants of the uper part of 
the District Called Nottingham and some of the Inhabitants of 
the Lower part of the District Called Litchfield Humbly 
sbeweth, that whereas your Petitioners have made application 
to your Excellency and the honourable Court of said Province 
set forth by a petition in the year past to be erected into a town- 
ship or parish agreeable to said petition, and it has not ben 
your Excellency and Honourable courts pleasure to make any 
Confirmation to your petitioners as yet and in as much as your 
Petitioners circumstances is very difficult upon the acount of 
our being such a great distance from the publick worship of God 
in both places that it is almost impossible to attend the publick 
worship of God especially in the winter season and difficult times 
in the year that it is unaccountable to relate the difficulties and 
hardships that we our selves and families undergo in all sea- 
sons of the year, and your petitioners have for many years a 
grate part of the time maintained the gospel among ourselves 
upon our own cost and charge where we and our families May 
with conveniency attend upon God in his house, "and under 
these distressing circumstances our humble petition is that 
vour Excellency would be pleased to free all of us who has 
already made there application to your Excellency and the 



honorable Court froi 



>ayin< 



more or further Rates and 



Town charges in Either of the said Towns Towards support- 
ing y" ministry for so long a term of time until your Excel- 
lency and the honorable court shall further Determine in 
Answering to s J Petition" who have all -reddy made there 
application or for so long a terme of time as your Excel- 
lency in your Honors Clemency and goodness shall seem most 
meet. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray. 
Nathaniel Hill Eleazer Cumings 

Ebenezer Spaulding John Robinson 

John Marshall Edward Spaulding 

Josiah Cumings Nathan Cross 

William Cumings Josiah Dutton 



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Petition relating" to the settle??zent of a minister. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt Genral 
and Comander in Chief in and over His Majesties Province 
of New Hampshire in New England, 

January y e 24 th 1742-43. 
We the Subscribers of the Districts called Nottingham and 
Litchfield who are your Excellencies former Humble Petition- 
ers Beg leave to acquaint your Excellency, That we are Re- 
main united in our earnest Desires to be Erected into a parish 
or Township Seperate, but in as much as your Excellency 
Dont as yet see titt to grant this our Petition we Rest your 
Excellencies Contented Humble Subjects as to that but many 
who knows the Difficulties we Labour under upon the account 
of going with our Families to the stated places of Publick 
Worship of God in the Towns we Respectively Belong to and 
also upon the account of the Difficulties and Disturbances that 
seems to be Dayly arising in maney churches consarning the 
points of Religion and your Petitioners are all unanimously 
agreed as to that great and important affair have advised us to 
proceed in calling and settling a Gospel minister with us upon 
this we chose a Committee to Take the advise of the Neigh- 
bouring Ministers who Informed said Committee that they 
look upon it that it might be for the Glory of God and that 
intrest of Religion to settle, one that might be able to Take us 
"by the hand and Lead us in the way wherein we should go 
but notwithstanding we have had this advise and we united in 
our Desires to proceed yet we thought it not consistent for us 
to proceed till we had your Excellencies advise fearing we 
should incurr your Excellencies Despleasure thereby which 
we would Take all Lawfull means to avoid. Therefore we 
your Humble Petitioners Do earnestly Desire that your Excel- 
lency would stoop so Low as to Consider our circumstances 
and advise us and if your Excellency will give us liberty to 
proceed or in any measure countenance us in our proceeding 
so far f hat wee should have Reason to think that we should not 
incur ? your Excellencys displeasure and your Excellency will 
still Lay us your Humble Petitioners under the greatest obli- 
gation, As in Duty Bound shall ever Pray. 

Nathaniel Hills Roger Chase 

Nathan Cross Eleazer Cummings 

James Hills John Robinson 

John Marshall Josiah Dutton 



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Your Excellency May remember that part of the inhabits 
of Nottingham & Litchfield so called Refer' d a petition to y 



Petition rclatmg to the payment of a minister. 
To His Excellency Benning Wintworth Esq. Capt. General 
& Governer in Chief in and over his .Mar'" Province of New 
Hampshir 

'tants 
your 
Excellency & y rest of y ' Honorable Court in Humbly pray- 
ing that we your humble petitioners with our respective "Estates 
might be Erected into a distinct town or Parish that so we 
might have y Gospel preached among us with greater conven- 
ience*, & from y incouragement that we have _ had from time 
to time From your Excellency, and others of v" honourable 
Court, that we should be freed from paying taxes to cur re- 
spective towns & also in due time to be made a town or Parish 
that we have obligated ourselves to a minister one that has 
been with us almost three years, and is still with us, & we 
some time last winter gave him a unanimous invitation to set- 
tle with lib in the ministry, but your Excellency was pleased 
to write to us and in your letter you signified that it might be 
proper to deferr the settlement of :; minister with us till May 
last past & out of obedience we omitted what we have for a 
long time wish'd for, we understand that v" honourable court 
is now rise ; and we your Humble Petitioners tho't it not im- 
proper to write to your Excellency not only to acquaint you of 
our earliest desire to have a gospel minister settled with us, but 
also to know of your Excellency, whether we are obliged by 
the late act that was made by y honourable Court to impower 
Several Districts Laying by y° province Line to raise money 
to defray town charges to pay taxes to our respective Towns, 
or whether your Excellency with y rest of y Honourable 
Court will Judge it sufficient for us to pay y 1 minister that has 
been with us. we humbly pray your Excellency to think of us 
in our dejected circumstances — so we remain part of your Ex- 
cellencys former humble petitioners 

Nottingham &, Litchfield. August S i/43- 
Nathaniel Hills William Cuniings 

Henry Hills Nathan Cross 

John Marshall Edward Spalden 

Josiah Cumings Roger Chase 

Ebenezer Spaulding Eleazer Cummings 

James Hilhs Bradbury Morison 



Petition for men and military stores. 

Litchfield June I2 i: 1744. 
We the Subscribers, Inhabitants of y town of Litchfield. 
Apprehending our selves Exposed to Imminent danger both 






TOWN PAPERS — LITCHFLELD. 



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from the French & Indian Enemies, & being m no Caoacity 

to make a proper stand in case of an attack from them" 
Do constitute & appoint Mr Jonathan Powers as our del- 
egate requesting him in the a' 1 Capacity with all Convenient 
speed to repair to Portsmouth & to reoresont our deplorable 
case to his Excellency our Captain General & y ' General As- 
sembly- & "request of them such aid both with respect of men 
& military stores as to their great Wisdom may think meet & 
which may put us in a capacity to repeli all attempts of s En- 
emies. 



James Hills 
John Huchason 
Joseph Pollard 
John Robinson 
Robert Maloon 
John Tavior 
Joel Dix" 

Jonathan Cuming's 
Sanv Moor 
Robart Richardson 
John Usher 
Samuel Xahor 
Johanis Karr 
Jacob Hildreth 
Phinehas Underwood 
Nathan Kendall 
Christopher Tempel 
David YVhitemore 
John Stearns 
John Harwell 



Timothy Underwood 
Amos Kindel 
John M Cluer 
Henry Hills 
Ezekiel Hills 
Henry Hills. Jr 
Steven Spaulding 
Thomas Mash 
Alexander Coiwell 
James Karr 
Nathan Kendall jun. 
John M Colt-stone 
Bern. Blodget 
[osiah Richardson 
William Read 
Thoma^ Parker 
Robert Read 
William Patterson 
Peter Russell 
Parich Richardson. 



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Petition of Nathan Kendall relating- to boundary line. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt. Gen 1 Gov- 
ernor tS: Commander in Chief in &. Over his Majestys Prov- 
ince of Xew Hampshire and the Hon ' His Majesty's Coun- 
cil for said Province, August zz' x 1746. 

The Humble Petition of Nathan Kendall in behalf of the 
People Inhabiting a place called Litchfield on the Easterly side 
of Merrimack River shews, 

That the said Inhabitants desire to make a Grateful acknowl- 
edgment of the favour which your Goodness has Inclin'd you 
to grant them in giving them a Charter of Incorporation as a 
Town & Enfranchising them with the usual Liberties Immu- 
nities & Privileges of which they desire to preserve & Culti- 
vate a just Estimation. 

That notwithstanding the fatherly Care & Tender Regard 
shown them in this Particular the good design & Intention is 
Intirely defeated, for by some Mistake or Misrepresentation 



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the Boundaries given in the said charter are different from what 
the Intention was, as they Conceive, for part of that which 
was called Litchfield on the Easterly side of the said River is 
in fact taken into Nottingham & incorporated as parcel of that 
Town and what is left of Litchfield is much too small for a 
Town & cant possibly Subsist as such & there is no place to 
which it can be join'd nor from whence any thing can be taken 
to add to it. 

That as these Charters have been lately made out it is likely 
they may not yet be Recorded, and as there is a mistake it is 
not Improbable that the Inhabitants of Nottingham may agree 
to Deliver up their Charter & take a new one Agreeable to the 
Bounds Originally designed Especially if they found it to be 
your Excellencys & your Honours Pleasure to have it so. 
Wherefore your Petitioner Most. Humbly prays that the Prem- 
ises may be taken under Consideration & such remedy Pro- 
vided as is above suggested or such as to your Wisdom & good- 
ness shall seem meet and your Petitioners as in duty bound 
shall in behalf of his Principals Ever pray &c. 

Nathan Kendall. 

In Council August 2^ { 1746. 

The within petition read & ordered that the select men of Notting- 
ham West be ordered to Appear before y* Gov- & Coun' 1 on y 3 3 d Tues- 
day of September next to shew reasons if any they have why the prayer 
of the Petition may not be granted & that, in Order hereto they be 
served with a Copy of the within Petition & this Order. 
Theod r Atkinson, Secry. 



Petition for a Parish on the East side of the river. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt. General 

and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of New 

Hampshire. March y° 28 th 1746. 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the district of 
Litchfield Humbly Sheweth that your Petitioners are about 
forty familys being a part of Dunstable old grant living on the 
North Easterly Corner of s d Grant That the center of our town 
being about eleven miles from the Province Line we had not 
the least apprehention of our being affected by the fixing of 
Towns near said Line and that your petitioners have Paid 
above two thirds towards the support of the Gospel for many 
years, and that we are not only forty families upon the Easterly 
side of the River but that we have Land to accomodate a 
considerable Number more that the Inhabitants of Litchfield 
on the west side of the River dont exceed thirteen or fourteen 
familys who we are very willing should be disannexed from us 
In regard to the great Danger and Dethculty which we know 



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they are Exposed to In Crossing the River in order to attend 
the Publick worship of God Notwithstanding of all which 
Either by our having been Inadvertantly over look'd or forgot 
when Instructions were given to the Committee of the Honour- 
able Assembly for settleing the Districts in these parts or by 
some other means unknown to us we understand that it is In- 
tended that we be annexed to that District upon the west side 
of the River and that our Center and place of Publick worship 
be on the westerly side which would oblige Above forty fam- 
ilys constantly to cross the River to our great and unspeakable 
danger and difficulty, In order to meet with about thirteen or 
fourteen famelys. May it Please your Excellency to take the 
Difficult case of your Petitioners under your wise considera- 
tion and so to fix things that we may not be obliged to Cross 
tl>e River for although we have Lost a Number of familys on 
the Westerly side of the River we have accommodations on 
the East side that is now onsettled that is Likely in a few years 
to Regain die Number Lost on the other side, so that Consider- 
ing the Difficulty and Danger we must be at in case we were 
obliged to cross s ; River to attend publick worship we think 
that we can be much better accomodated to be Erected into a 
town on our side and much greater satisfaction to the inhabit- 
ants. Therefore your petitioners Desire to be Incorporated 
with the Injoyment of all the Land on the East side of s River 
in s' District and to be Invested with the Privilidge and Im- 
munities as ether towns in s J Province are, and your Petition- 
ers as in Duty Bound shall Ever pray. 



Patrick Taggart 
Parish Richardson 
Hugh Nahor * 
John Butterfield 
Jacob HiMreth 
William Richardson 
Nathan Kendall 
Peter Rusel 
Robeart Darrah 
Alexander Parker 
Robeart M Keen 
Robert MKeen Jr 
Alexander Calwell 
Thomas Kan- 
John MAllester 



William Qesten 
John Qusten 
James Nahor 
John Tavlor 
John Orr 
Amos Kendall 
Robo't Richardson 
John Huchason 
William Bonner 
James Nickols 
James Darrah 
James M>Night 
Garet Rowan 
David Whittemore 
Daniel Kendall 



Petition relating to the same, as above. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt General 
and Commander'in Chief in and over the Province of New 
Hampshire. &" May y e 17 th 1746. 
The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the District of 



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Litchfield who arc your Excellencies former Petitioners Mutably 
Sheweth That Whereas we have Requested to be Erected into 
a Town with all the Lands within the Bounds of s 1 District on 
the East side of the River and whereas there is a small Peeke 
of land lying Above Brintdns farme (so called) lying about 
two miles on the river from the North line of said farme to the 
upper Corner of s ; peeke and not Exceeding six families and 
not accomodations for many more, and the inhabitants in s : 
peeke signifying their indefrency as to their being Incorporated 
with us, and may it Please your Excellency in as much as there 
is a Number o[ Inhabitants who are taken off 01 the other side 
of the River your Petitioners Desire that the uper End of Not- 
tingham Taking from Litchfield Lower Line 'down to the 
mouth of Nashua River, may be annexed to us the Inhabitants 
in s rt part of Nottingham being well situated and about twelve 
or thirteen families and the farthest not Lying much more than 
a mile from Litchfield Line and have frequently attended pub- 
lick worship with us formerly and with the addition of that 
part of s d Nottingham in case s" Peeke should be Disannexed 
from us we think we shall be well acomodated to make a 
Township and to maintain the Gospel among us and not to Dis- 
comode our Neighbouring Inhabitants. May it therefore Please 
your Excellency to take the Difficult cause of your Petitioners 
into your wise Consideration and fix things that we ma}' be In- 
corporated & invested with town Powers and priviledges as 
other towns in s Province are. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray. 

Nathan Kendall in behalf of s Petitioners. 
Robert M c Keen. Jr 
Robert Doreh 
Amos Kendall 



Jacob Hildreth 
Hugh Nahor 
James Nahor 
Alexander Park 
Alexander Col we 11 
William Bonner 
John Huchason 
John Taylor 
David Campbell 
John M^Allester 
James Nickois 
Robert M Keen 



Daniel Kendall 
Peter Russell 
James M Night 
Thomas Karr 
Henry White 
Garct Re wen 
William Questen 
John Questen 
David Whittemor 



Petition to be included in the vjest division of Counties. 
To Plis Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Gov" &c. The 
Hon' e his Majestys Council & house of Representatives in 
General Assembly Convened Portsmouth f 9 ! of April 

Wee The Subscribers [nhabitance of Litchfield in the Prov- 



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ince of New Humps" having been Informed that sundry of the 
Inhabitar.ee of this Province on the westerly side of Merri- 
mack River have remonstrated to this Hon' 1 " Assembly the 
necessity of this Province being; divided into Two countysand 
pray it may be done by such Dividing Line as shall be tho't 
fit and in asmiich as the Town of Litchfield is situated and 
very Comodious to joyn with the Western Division and are at 
a great Distance from Portsm not less than fifty miles the 
usual travelling roads, the Place where all the Courts are held, 
in case we should not be Included in the West division twill 
lay us under very great difficulties, and no advantage to any 
body, besides the necessary assistance in the charge of erect- 
ing the necessary Buildings of a County. 

Wherefore we Humbly Pray. That your Excellency and 
Hon would please to grant that in stating the Dividing- Line 
between the Countys Litchfield may be Included in the west 
Division and as in Duty Bound shall ever pray. 

Thomas Parker Josiah Richardson 

William Read Peter Russell 

Alexander Cahveli David Whittemore 

William Bonner. Jr - Paletiah Russell 

David Kendall James Underwood 

William Bonner John Parker 

William M/Keen Robert Darrah 

William Karr Charles M Charge 

Benjamin Blodget Arthur Darrah 

James Nahor William Patterson 

William M Questen Andrew Cochran 

Thomas Kar John Cochran 

Nathan Kendall John Butterfield 



Petition of Isaac CH7nmi7ig- s to be taxed in Nottingham- 

zuesi. 
To his Excellency Bening Wentworth Esq. Governour &c the 

Hon~ his Majestys Council & House of Representatives in 

General Assembly Convened at Ports' New Hampshire, y J 

3' 1 day of December, 1754. 

The petition of Isaac Cumings of Litchfield Humbly shews. 
That your Petitioner when Nottingham West was Incorporat- 
ed by" this Government As the town lines was then Run he 
was Included and Taxed to all the Public Taxes of that Town, 
& In Special to the Building and mushing a meeting house 
there. 

That then and ever since he has attend the Pubiick ministry 
There and is better comoded than, he can be with any other 
town. 

That about three or four years after Netting West was Incor- 



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£ orated, a Town adjoining was Incorporated by the name of 
.itchfield, & some Time Afterward On Remcasuring the Lines 
of Nottingham West and settleing them with Litchfield they 
left your Petitioner in Litchfield (his house and a small matter 
of his land) the rest of his Lands in Nottingham. Whereby 
your Petitioner is defeated in his Expectation & lost the Benefit 
of the Heavy charges he paid for building the meeting house 
to the necessary new Hyways as well as many other charges & 
Greatly Incomoded if he must attend the Publick Worship at 
Litchfield. 

That when Nottingham meeting house was determined where 
to be sett they had regard to your Petitioner & considered him 
as one of that town & by which House he can be well accom- 
odated. 

Wherefore y : Peti most Humbly prays That y' Excellency 
& Hon " would be pleased to take the premises into Considera- 
tion and grant that he & that part of his Homestead that Lyes 
in Litchfield may be' so far annexed to the town of Nottingham 
West as that he may be taxed there for all ministerial rates. & 
Excused from the same in Litchfield & to Building & Repairs 
of any meeting house in Litchfield & y Petitioner as in duty 
Bound shall ever pray. 
In Council December 12'' 1764. 

read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon b ' e House. 
Theod r Atkinson Secry. 

December 12 th 1754. 

We the subscribers of the Township of Nottingham, Testifies to the 
truth of the with in petition as follows : 

Ezekiel Chase 
Thomas Colburn 
Joseph Winn 
James Hues 
Stephen Clark 
Province of 1 In the House o{ Representatives Dec. 12 th 1754. Upon 
New Hamp 7 / the reading the within Petition, Voted that the Petitioner 
be heard on the within Petition on the third day of the 
setting of the Genera! Assembly next After the first day of March next 
and that he serve the selectmen of Litchfield at his own cost with a 
copy of this Petition and of the orders thereon to shew cause if Any 
they have whv the Prayer of the Petition should not be granted. 



Matthew Livermore 

Clerk 



In Council December 12 th 1754 
Read & Concurred, 

Theod r Atkinson. 



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Petition for a gra?it of a Ferry. 
To His Excellency John Wetitworth Esq Captain General 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over His Majes- 
ty's Province of New Hampshire, In Council. 
The humble Petition of Lucy Read of Litchfield in the 
County of Hillsborough and Province aforesaid, Widow, 

Sheweth, That your Petitioners late Husband Capt William 
Read was in his Life time Siezed and possess'd of a Consider- 
able tr^ct of land on the Eastward side of Merrimac River in 
Litchfield aforesaid and did (without any Grant from His 
Majesty) improve a Ferry about three miles and an half Above 
Col° Lutwyches, called & known by the -name of Reads Ferry, 
for about Twenty five years before his death, which happened 
about 4 years ago. 

That the said William Read in his life time, and the said 
Lucy since his death have been at a Considerable Expence in 
Boats & attendance to Expedite the same Ferry, & make it 
commodious agreeable to Law. 

Notwithstanding which premises your Petitioner is advised 
That the s ; Title under the said William is precarious and 
sho" 1 Any stranger obtain a Grant thereof it wo d Embarrass and 
greatlv hurt your petitioner who has also six children by said 
William all now under age to maintain. 

She most humbly intreats your Excellency wise tender re- 
gard of the premises to Confirm unto her the aforesaid improved 
and accustomed Ferry by Grant from His Majesty. 

And your Petitioner as in Duty bouad will ever pray & c 

Luc^Read 
Litchfield 18 th May 1772. 



LONDONDERRY. 

[This town was originally called Nutneld, and was granted to a com- 
pany of Presbyterians of Scotch origin, who emigrated from Ireland. 
It was settled about the n-' of April, 1719, by sixteen families, who 
were accompanied by Rev* 1 James MacGregore, their first minister. A 
new parish, which is now Londonderry, was incorporated 25 February, 
1740. and a second parish, now Windham, was incorporated 12 Febru- 
ary, 1742. ■'-.■■■,. 

The town was divided in 1827, and the old parish was incorporated by 
the name of Derry, while the second parish retained the name of Lon- 
donderry. Ed.] 



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» 4^° NEW IIAMPSinflE 

Petition of the Tnhabitam&s of Londonderry for a Charter, 
2i Sept., 1 7 19. 

[This paper was restored to the Secretary's office in 1827, after having 
"been out of it S6 years. John Farmer. 1 

The Humble petition ot the People late of Ireland now set- 
tled at Nutfield to his Excellency the Governor and General 
Court assembled at Portsmouth Sep 23' 1719. 
Humbly Sheweth, Thru: your Petitioners having made appli- 
cation to the General Court met at Boston in October las. and 
having obtained a grant for a Township in anv part of their 
unappropriated lands took incouragement thereupon to settle 
'at Nutheld about the Eleventh of Aprile last which is situated 
by Estimation about fourteen miles from Haverel meeting 
House to the North West and fifteen miles from Dracut meet- 
ing House on the River rnerimack north and by East. That 
your petitioners since their settlement have found that the said 
Nutrield is claimed by three or four different parties bv virtue 
of Indian Deeds, yet none of them Offered anv disturbance to 
your petitioners except one party from Newbury and Salem. 
Their Deed from one John Indian bears date March the 13' 
Anno J>om : 1701 and imports that they had made a purchase 
of the said land for rive pounds, by virtue of this deed they 
claim ten miles square Westward from Haverel line and one 
Caleb Moody oi Newbury in their name discharged our People 
from clearing or any wais improving the said land unless we 
agreed that twenty or live and twenty families at most should 
dwell there and that all the rest of the land should be reserved 
for the*ri". 

That your petitioners by reading the Grant of the Crown of 
Great Britain to the Province of the Massachusetts bay, which 
determined! their northern line three miles from the River mer- 
rimack from any and every part of the River and by advise 
from such as were more capable to judge of this Affair, are 
Satisfied that the said Nuffield is within his Majesties Province 
of New Hampshire which we are further Confirmed in, be- 
cause the General Court met at Boston in May last, upon our 
renewed application did not think fit any way to intermeddle 
with the said land. 

That your petitioners therefore imbrace this opportunity of 
addressing this honourable Court, praying that their Township 
may consist of ten miles square or in a figure Equivalent to it, 
they being already in number about seventy Families & Inhab- 
itants and more of their friends arrived from Ireland to settle 
with them, and many of the people of New England settling 
with them, and that they being so numerous may be Erected 
into a Township with its usual Privilcdges and have a power 



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of making Town Officers and Laws, that being a frontier place 
they may the better subsist by Government amongst them, and 
may be more strong and fall of Inhabitants: 

That your Petitioners being descended from and professing 
the Faith and Principles of the Establist Church of North 
Britain and Loyal Subjects of the British Crown in the family 
of his Majesty King George and incouraged bv the happy ad- 
ministration of his Majesties Chief Governour in these prov- 
inces and the favourable inclinations of the good people of 
"New England to their Brethren adventuring to come over and 
plant in this vast Wilderness, humbly Expect a favorable an- 
swer from this honourable Court and your Petitioners as in 
duty bound shall ever pray & c , Subscribed at Nutfield in the 
name of our people Sep- y' 21 1 1719. 

By. 

James Gregg 
Robertt Wear. 



Petition for Bills of Credit. Sc. 
To his Excellency the Governour and Honourable Council of 

New Hampshire in General Court assembled at Portsmouth 

Apr. 1 8 th 1 72 1. 

The humble Petition of the People of Nutfield. 

Humbly sheweth. That your petitioners are sensible of the 
Goodness of God and Care and Protection of his Excellency 
the Governour and Council of New Hampshire in supporting 
and defending' their plantation for which they render them un- 
feigned Acknowledgments of duty and respect. 

That your Petitioners are in a Growing condition having al- 
ready Exceeded the number of three hundred and sixty souls 
of which there are one hundred and thirty Effective men capa- 
ble to bear Arms for his Majesty King George, as his Excel- 
lency the Governour and Council may think fit to Employ 
them. 

That altho' your petitioners have Exhausted their money in 
Subduing the wilderness yet they are Carrying on all the parts 
of good Husbandry and building a House for the worship of 
God ; 

That your Petitioners want to be incorporated, that the af- 
fairs of their settlement may be managed with greater advan- 
tage. 

May it therefore please your Excellency and your Honours 
to give order that our people which are already so numerous 
may not be too much Confined in respect of room by any 



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newer settlement in our Neighbourhood, that Bills of Credit 
May be lent out unto them upon due Security in some term- of 
years to be paid again without interest in Hemp and other 
product of the land in such a summ as may incourage their 
Husbandry and especially their building ot" a meeting House, 
and that they may be duly invested with town Priviledges by 
Royal Authority-, And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall 
ever Prav &c. 



David Cargill 
Abram Blair 
Rob t: Wear 
John Senter 
James Nesmith 
Samuel Moor 
John Moor 
Joseph Svmons 
Joseph Crosbee 
Ronald Alexander 
Abel Merrill 
Thomas Bogell 
Rob u Doke 
James Xikels 
Alex r Nickels 
Wiliiame Xikels 
John Barnet 
Ja: Archibald 
James Alexander 
Thomas Steel 
Will. Wilson 
Will. Thomson 
Edward Aiken 
Ramin Wiilson 
John Riehey 
John Wallace 
Andrew Todd 
William Humphry 
James L-indsey 
Matthew Clark 
James Clark 
Rob r M Keen 
Jo: Bar 
Gabral ? Bar 
Hugh Montgumery 
Samuel Morison 
Abraham Horns 
John Blair 
James Morison 
John Morison 
James Moore 
Andrew Spavid ? 



Arch : Clendinen 
Alex Walker 
Samuell Allisone 
Will. Campbell 
Allen Andrews 
John Coghran 
Will Coghran 
Alex r Macneall 
William Cambeli 
David Morison 
John Archbald 
James Aiken 
Will. Aiken 
John Bell 
Will : Caldwell 
John Barnet 
William Eavrs 
la: M'Gregor 
David Cargill 
James M c keen 
James Gregg 
Robert Wiilson 
Samuel Graves 
John M Neall 
John Mitchell 
James Leslie 
Silas Creyes 
John MMorphy 
James Anderson 
John Blair 
James Blair 
[ohn Shilder 
Beniamin Kidder 
[ohn Anderson 
Robert Morisone 
Stephen Peirce 
Edward Proctor 
John Go tie 
John Golfe, Jr 
Henery Green 
John Cromey 
John M c Conochey ? 



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f Seal of 
•< Londonderry 
( Charter 



Charter of Londonderry. 

George by the Grace of God of Great Britain France 
& Ireland King Defender of the Faith Sec. 
To all People, to whom these presents Shall 
come, Greeting : Know ye, That we of our Especial 
J Knowledge and meer motion for the due Encourage- 
ment of settling a new plantation by and with the advice and Consent 
of our Council have Given and Granted and by these presents as far as 
in us lyes, do give and grant in Equal shares unto Sundry of our Be- 
loved Subjects whose Names are Entered unto a Schedule hereunto an- 
nexed That Inhabit or shall inhabit within the said Grant within our 
Province of New Hampshire all that Tract of Land within the follow- 
ing Bounds Being ten miles square or so much as amounts to Ten 
miles square and no more — Beginning on the North East Angle at a 
Beach Tree marked which is the south East angle of Chester and Run- 
ning from thence due South on Kingstown Line four miles and an half 
and from thence on a West Line one mile and three Quarters and from 
thence South six miles and an half and from thence West north West 
nine miles and an half, and from thence North Eleven miles and an 
half from thence north north East Three miles from thence East 
South East one mile and from thence South South West to the South 
West Angle of Chester and from thence on an East Line Bounding 
on Chester Ten miles unto the Beach Tree first mentioned. -And that 
the same be a Town Corporate by the name of Londonderry to the 
persons aforesaid forever, provided Nevertheless and the True Intent 
and meaning of these presents is any thing to the contrary Notwith- 
standing, that Nothing in this our said Grant shall extend to or be un- 
derstood to extend to Defeat prejudice or make null and void any claim 
Title or pretence which our Province of the Massachusetts Bay may 
have to all or any part of the Premises Granted as atibresaid or the 
Right Claim Property or Demand of any Private Person or Persons by 
Reason and means of all or any part of the said Granted Premises fall- 
ing within the Line as Boundaries of our said Province of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay. To Have and to Hold the said land to the Grantees and 
their Heirs and assigns forever upon the following Conditions. Viz 1 
I st That the Proprietors of every share Build a Dwelling House within 
three years and settle a Family therein and Break up three acres of 
Ground and plant or sow the same within four years and pay his or 
their proportion of the Town charges when and so often as occasion 
shall require the same. 

ih That a meeting House be built within four years. 
3 ,!l -'' That upon Default of any particular proprietors in Complying 
with the Conditions of this Charter on his part such delinquent propri- 
etor shall forfeit his share to the other proprietors to be Disposed of by 
Vote of the Major part of the proprietors. And in case of an Indian 
Warr within four years more after the said Warr is ended for perform- 
ance of these conditions the said men and Inhabitants also Rendering 
and paying for the same to us our Heirs and successors or to such offi- 
cer or officers as shall be appointed to Receive the same the annual 
Quit Rent or acknowledgment of one Peck of Potatoes on the first day 
of October yearly for ever Reserving also to us our Heirs and Sucessors 
. all mast Trees Growing on said. Tract of Land according to the acts of 
Parliament in that behalf made and provided and for the better order 
Rule and Government of the said Town We do by these presents grant 
for us our Heirs and successors unto the said grantees that yearly and 
every year upon the fifth day of march for ever except upon the Lords 
day and then upon the mo n day next following they shall meet elect and 






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choose by the Major part of the electors present all Town orhcers ac- 
cording to the Laws and usage of the other Towns within our said 
province for the year ensuing with such power privilidges and author- 
ity's as other Town officers in our province aforesaid do Enjoy as also 
that upon every Wednesday in the Week for ever they may Hold Keep 
and enjoy a market for the buying and selling of goods Wares and 
Merchandize and all Kind of Creatures, endowed with the usual privi- 
ledges, profits and Immunities as other market Towns usually hold pos- 
sess and enjoy and Two Fares annually for ever the first to be held or 
kept within the said Town on the Eighth day of October next and so 
De anno in annum for ever and the other on the eighth day of May fol- 
lowing in like manner provided if it should so Happen that either of 
the days fall on the Lords then the said Fares shall be held and kept 
the day following, and that the said Fare shall have hold and possess 
the libertys, Priviledges and Immunities that other Fares in other 
Towns usually possess Hold & In joy. 

In Witness whereof we have Caused the seal of our said Province to 
be hereunto affixed. Witness, Samuel Shute, Esq Our Governour and 
Commander in Chief of our said Province, the 2i si day of June Anno 
Domini 1722, and in the Eighth year of our Reign. 



By advice of the Council. 
Copy Examined. 



Samuel Shute. 
Richard Waldron, Cler. 



Theodore Atkinson Secry. 



The Schedule of tin 



navies oj 
den 



John Moore 1. Share 
Abel Mon-il 1. 
James. Morrison 1. 
Robert Willson 1. 
Ran dei Alexander 1. 
'John Mitchel 1. 
Samuel Moore 1. 
Robert Doake I. 
Archibe! Clandinins 1. 
John Archibels 1. 
Alexander Walker 1. 
Tohn Barnet 1. 
James i: John Doak r. 
John Clark 1 

James M Keen. & Son 2. 
Henry Green 1. 
James Anderson 1. 
Jonathan Taylor 1. 
James Nickels 1. 
James Alexander 1. 
Alexander Nickels 1. 
William Nickois 1. 
Coll' John Wheelwright I. 
David Morrison 1. 
William Humphry 1. 
Edward Procter 1. 
Samuel Morrison i. 



the Proprietors of London- 



John Barr & Sons 2. 
Benjamin Kidder 1. 
Abraham Holmes 1. 
David Crag Sz } 
William Gilmore j " 
John Gray 1. 
John Given 1. 
John Stuart 1. 
Joseph Kidder 1. 
William Ayers 1. 
Thomas Steal 1. 
John Gorfe 1. 
Thomas Bogei 1. 
Samuel Graves ) 
John Crummy j 
Elizabeth Willson & 
Daughter Mary 
Samuel Allison 1. 
Martha Clark 1. 
Samuel Graves, Jr. 1 
John Gorfe Jr. 1. 
John Morrison 1. 
James Linsey 1. 
Stephen Pearce 1. 
Robert Wier 1. 
James Lesly 1. 
Andrew Spaldin 1. 






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Allen Anderson 1. 
John Anderson 1. 
Alexander Mac Murph y ) 

& James Leget f 

Mr M Gregore & Sons, 3. 
James Blair 1. 
James M Gregore for) 

servant / 

James Nesmith 1. 
John Blare I. 
James More 1. 
James Clarke I. 
William Grage 1. 
John Grage 1. 
fames Grage £ Sons 2. 
William Willson ) 

and John Rickey f 
David Cargil Jr. x. 
William Tompson I. 
Hugh Montgomery 1. 
Robert Morrison 1. 
Alexander M Neal 1. 
William Cam ill 1. 
Capt David Cargil 1. 
Robt Boves 1. 
John M Murph v 1. 
John M Neal r. 
John Archibald Jr. 1 
James M Neal 1. 
Daniel M Doughty 1-2 
Samuel Huston 1. 
John Shield* 1-2 
Jame< Rodders 1-2 
Joseph Simmons 1. 
Elias Keves 1. 



John Senter 1. 

Robert MacKeen r. 

jenet. Samuel and John ) 
M' Keen ] L 

William Cochran 1. 

David Bogel 1-2 

John, Peter and ) 

Andrew Cochran j 

James Grage ] 

Samuel Graves & Vi. 

Robert Boise J 

James Ackin 1 

William Ackin 1 

Edward Ackin 1. 

John Wallace 1. 

Benjamin Willson r. 

Andrew Todd 1. 

John Bell 1. 

Capt Cargill for 1 
2 Servants j 

George Clark 1-2 

Thomas Clark 1-2 

Nehemiah Giffen 1-2 

James M Glason 1-2 

The parsonage Lot 1. 

John Barnet Jr. 1. 

John M'Coney 1 

John Woodbourn.i 

John Maciarge 1-2 ? 

Benning Wentworth 1. 

Richard Waldron Jr. 1. 

Lieutenant Governor Went- 
worth 1. 

Robert Armstrong 1. 

Robert Auchmuty 1. 



John Roby 1. 
Memorandum over & above what is already given in this schedule is 
added to Mr M Gregore 250 acres, to Mr M°Keen 250, to Mr David Car- 
gil 100 acres to Mr James Grage 150, to John Goffe 100, for good ser- 
vice and to the Two last mentioned, viz 1 Grage and Goffe a mill 
Stream within the said'Town for their good Services in promoting the 
settlement of the said Town. 

Richard Waldron, 

Clr. of the Council 
Province of ) June 21" 1722. Admitted Proprietors and Common- 
New Hampshire f ers in the town oi Londonderry with the Persons 
mentioned in the Schedule His Excellency Gov- 
ernor Shute, a Home Lot and 500 acres. His Honour Lieutenant Gov- 
ernour Wentworth a Home Lot & 500 acres Samuel Penhallow Esq. 1 
share. Mark Hunking 1 share, George Jaffrey 1, Shadrack Walton 1 
Richard Wibird 1, Thomas Westbroke, 1, Thomas Packer 1, Archibald 
M r pheadris 1. 

Richard Waldron 

Clr of the Council. 
Province of ) Enter' d and Recorded according to the original the 
New Hampshire j 15 th Day of June 1743- 

Pr. Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 
Copy Examined. 

P Theodore Atkinson. Secry 

Copy Examin'd, p. Geo : Jaffrey, C. 



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Petition about running the lines. 
To the Honourable the Lieu/ Governour and Council of New 

Hampshire. 

The humble petition of James MacKeen and James Greg in 
the name of the people of Nutfield, Humbly Sheweth. 

That your Petitioners are deeply sensible of the divine good- 
ness in disposing the Honourable Lieu 1 Governour and Coun- 
cil of this Province from time to time to father and support 
our settlement. 

That our Plantation is very numerous for the time, that our 
first divisions are filled with Inhabitants, and that we are readv 
to lay out and fill up Second divisions. 

That we find ourselves too much confined in respect of room 
by the lines of Dunstable and Haverill and having no other 
way to enlarge ourselves but to the Northward, we did on the 
eighteenth day of April last run a line from the most northerly 
Angle or corner of Haverill a mile and half Westward, and 
then turned Northward ; That the people of Cheshire have 
lately run a divisional line too close upon us and have cut off 
diverse of our homestedd divisions; which was the more sur- 
prising to us in regard it was done without our Knowledge. 
Tho' the people of Cheshire were ordered by the honourable 
Lieut Governour Wentworth, before they did run the addi- 
tional line, which themselves had consented to run west North 
west from the Peke of Haverill, to give us advertisement. 

May it therefore please your honours to give orders for the 
running of a West north west Line from the said Corner of 
Haverill as a mean between our Line and that of Cheshire, 
and that our second divisions which we are now ready to lay 
out and fitt up along the said line may not be disturbed in 
their settlement. And v' Petitioners as in duty bound shall 
ever Pray & . 



Petitio7i relating- to co?n?non lands. 



Province of ) To the Hon Me John Wentworth Esq. Lieut 

New Hampshire j Gov r & Comander in Chief in & over 

his Maj toys Province of New Hampshire 

& to the Hon ble y e council! & house of Representatives in. 

Gen 11 Court assembled. 

The petition of usy e subscribers, Inhab t-i & prop r of London- 
derry within his Maj- r * Province Most Humbly Sheweth. 

That in y e year 1722, By the special Grace & bounty of this 
Gover rat , yo r "Pete ra & Sundry others of his Majestys Most 
Duty full Protestant subjects were embodied into a Township 
& favoured with a Charter for y e Town byy e name of London- 






TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 487 

derry and were thereby entitled to ally Priviledges, Right &c 
Imunitys y* other Towns in y e s d Province usually hold & en- 
joy, y* in May 1723 the s d town voted y* three men should Lay 
out y* wants of homesteads and amendments 8c to y* David 
Cargill, Wm Aiken & Jn MacMurphy were appointed y e three 
men, on y e 20 of Jany 1723-4 it was also voted y° committee 
before appointed to lay out wants of homestead 8c amendm u 
shall lay out y e same quantity, quality Distence & Convenience 
considered, y* on y e 6 :!l of March 1726-7, Andrew Todd, W m 
Aiken 8c Jn M c Murphy were Chosen a comittee for laying out 
y e wants of Homesteads, Highway Land & Amcndm ts tho y* 
PetiP humbly observe there were some y' put in their disent 
ag wt y e same, y* y* s d committee with* taking any previous 
oath to y e true & faithfull Discharge of y e trust reposed in them 
as -aft ores' 1 proceeded in their work, but with what equality & jus- 
tice* will appear to y or hon 1 " from very many Instances to long 
to be enumerated in y e body of this petition : but by a paper 
here to annexed with reference thereunto being had more fully 
will appear y* after y e s d Comittee had thus with' any regard 
to proportion & Justice ; but in so doing served not only y e in- 
terest of y n, selves but of such others who were so happy as to 
gain their fav r at y e Expence of Many of y e old prop 1 "' Interest 
& Just Right & Title in such comon 8c undevided lands as 
they thus unequally laid out y* y" s 1 Lott layers with* even ac- 
quainting y e s' town with these their s d proceedings for appro- 
bation, or according to Law equity & Good Conscience they 
ought to Do. gave to such persons as they laid out to Copipy" 
of thair respective Lotts, who Imedately recorded y c same in y e 
Province 8c Toiin Records, y* most of y° substantial & well 
thinking prop r ~ of v° s' 1 Town being Justly alarmed at these 
extraordinary <x: unprecentall proceedings at a town meeting 
Sometime in August last, Voted y tf Actings 8c Doings of y e 
s d Comittee to be null & void as by s d Vote more fully will ap- 
pear to y r " hon" whereupon It was to be hoped y £ y e same 
would put art end to y e unhappy distractions & Divisions of s d 
Town. But so it is : and so a prop r y* this Day had a part 
Interest thro out y e whole town, tomorrow has not half y B In- 
terest 8c y e next Day regains his s d Right & Interest & y c day 
following is stript of y c same & all this done with* any act of 
his own but by a maj r Vote Pretended and thus Right & prop- 
erty is evidently rendered uncertain & fluctuating 8c mlsera 
est Servilus ubi Jus est vacuum & by y e same doctrine& Rule 
y e Maj r vote may give or lay out ally right and property of y e 
minority from them 

That y° r petit" endeavoured to Conciliate these differences 
by having y e same determined by Indifferent who should ex- 
amine y c Justice & equality of f s d comittee in their several 



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layings out as aftbre"! but v c same were rejected & all other 
overtures tho ever so reasonable that thus y" Harmony peace 
& prosperity of s Toun Inevitably will be lost with 1 the inter- 
position of y e Hon 1 ' 1 '' & this great & Gen 11 Court, for y" differ- 
ences are of y* Gen 11 & publick nature y l y e ordinary proceed- 
ings in y e Common Law courts will be so farr from cnreing y l 
they will only put y e town into a greater name by y e multi- 
plicitv of suits x z therein naturally must arise & w cb will also 
Tend to y* great Inipoverishrn 1 of y e s' 1 prop" wherefore it has 
been y {: great wisdom grace & fervour of this great 8c Gen 11 
Court & v e g r & Gen 11 Court of v° neighbouring province al- 
ways to interpose in cases of so publick & complicated a nature 
where y w prosperity of a coinimity is so nearly engaged & 
either upon Publick hearings Imediately to enact & order- 
therein as to their Known Wisdom, & experienced Justice 
seems most meet or either to appoint a committee to examine 
& Inspect s a Grievances & make a Report thereof for y e Legis- 
lature to pass thereupon, wherefore y r distressed & Grieved 
Petit"" are encouraged to approach y rtr hon to whose goodness 
they owe their present Right & possession & from whence 
they expect y e same wil.1 be preserved unto them. & as it is- 
their bounden duty will ever pray &G* 

(N. B. If lam mistaken as to facts, correct the same.) 
John Bar-net John Ban- 

John Go Me Samuell Barr 

Samuel Graven Archibald Clendenin 

John Blarr William Urrlfra ? 

James Blair Nathaniel Aiken 

James M Cartney John Morison 

John Anderson " John Mitchell 

Gabrall Barr Daved Bogall 

John Harvev Thomas Bogall 

Thomas Siell Hugh Ramsey 

Rob" Wear Thomas Cochren 

John Barnet, Jr John Craig 

Hugh Wilson Samuel Morison 

John Stuart Abraham Holmes 

Samuel Allison David Morison. 

James Morison 



Jam 26 ' h 1727. In the house of Representatives. 

The above Petition bein^ Read, ordered that the Petitioners serve the 
opposite parties concerned, with a copy of the petition and that they 
appeare each partie the second day of the sitting of the Gem 1 Ass™ In 
y* r Spring session £ to be heard in the premises. 
J James Jeffrey Clr Ass'" 

In Cons' Eod Die. 
Read and Concurred. 

R. Waldron, Clr. Con. 



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JVames of persons who took the above Oaths. 

Davkl Cargiil James Leslie 

James MVKeen John Goffe, Jr 

James Harvey Solomon Hopkin 

John Goffe . James Adams 

Hush Montgomery James Tagart 

James Morison John Tagari 

John Mitchell Samuel Houston 

Jesse Criste Patrick Douglas 

James Rodgers Robert Cochran 



Oaths to be taken. 

I Do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faith full and 

bear true allegiance to His Majesty King George the second. 

I Do ewear that f do from my heart abhor detest and abiure as 

impious and heretical that damnable doctrine & position that princes 
Exeomunicated or deprived by the Pope or any Authority of the see of 
Rome may he deposed or miither'd by their Subjects or any other what- 
soever. And I do declare that no foreign Prince Person prelate State 
or Potentate hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction power authority 
preeminence or authority ecclesiastical or spiritual within the realm of 
Great Brittain. 

So help me God. 

I do truly and sincerely acknowledge profess Testify & de- 
clare in my conscience before God and the world, That our Sovereign 
Lord King George the second is Lawful! & rightfull King of the realm 
of Great Britain and all other His Maj t! - e3 Dominions and Countrys 
thereunto belonging. And I do solemnly and sincerely declare that I do 
believe in my conscience, that the Person pretended to be Prince of 
Wales during the life of the late King James, and since his decease pre- 
tending to be and taking upon himself the Stile & title of King of Eng- 
land by y' names of James the third or of Scotland by y- names of 
James y" eighth or the stile & title of King of Great Britain hath not 
any right or title whatsoever to the crown of the realm of Great Britain 
or any other the Dominions thereto belonging. And I do renounce 
refuse and Abjure any Allegiance or obedience to him. And I do swear 
that I will bear faith and true allegiance to His Majesty King George 
the second arid him will defend to the utmost of my power against all 
traitorous conspiracies and attempts whatsoever which shall be made 
against his Person Crown or Dignity: And I will do my utmost en- 
deavour to disclose and make known to his majesty and his successors 
all treasons & traitorous conspiracies which I shall know to be ag ;t him 
or any of them. And I do faithfully promise to the utmost of my power 
to support maintain and defend the succession of the crown ag 1 him the 
s' 1 James and all other Persons whatsoever, which succession by an act 
Entitled an act for y further limitation of the crown and better se- 
curing the rights and liberties of y" subjects is and stands limited to y* 
Princess Sophia Electre-s & Dutchess Dowager of Hanover, and the 
heirs of her body being Protestants, and all these things I do plainly 
and sincerely acknowledge and swear according to these express words 
by me spoken and according to y plain & common sense and under- 
standing of the same words without any Equivocations mental evasion 
or secret reservation whatsoever. And I do make this recognition ac- 
knowledging abjuration renunciation and promise heartily willing and 
truly upon y e true faith of a Christian. 

So help me God. 



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John Adamea 
Tb.oma.-i Wilson 
James Wallis 
Alexander Walker 
James Reid 
John Macmurphy 
David Macduffie 
John Morison 
Jonathan flow? 
Alexander Macneall 
Thomas Mackelme 
Eobtt Wear 
Archibali Ciendenio 
William Moor 
John Barnet 
Archibali Mac Murphy- 
Robert Kennedy 
Moses Barnett 
Samuel Morison 
James Blair 
James Taggart 
John Barnes 
Andrew C:endenin 
Jon. Woodbnrn 
Thomas Cochran 
David Hunter 
Allen Anderson 
Petter Cochran 
James Gillm >r 
Robt Mori -on 
Alexander KeLsey 
David Ca-riD 
Andrew To Id 
James Calwell 
J^;me; Callwx>d 
James Alexander 
William Gregg 
John Barr 
John Cromey 
William Nickell 
John Gregg 
John 

James Xesmich 
James Thompson 
Matthew Clark 
Robert McKean 
Samuel McKeen 
John Cochran 
Charels McClarey 

his 
John £ Xeale? 
mark 
his 
Willm Jb Kellso 

mark 
William Thomson 



his 
Alexander -*» Renkine 

mark 
John X Conahie 

mark 
Peter Coghran 
Thomas Watte 
Jobn Blair 
James Lindsey 
John Douglas 
John Archibald 

John ? 

John McClourg 
Rus. Buron 
Robt Thomson 
Thomas Seieil? 
Gab : Bar 
James Rueys 
Math miel Aiken 
Jon. Hollms 
Hugh Wilson 
Robert Arbuckel 
John Hnpkin 
John Archibel 
David Anderson 
John Anderson 
Samuel Renkin 
Wi'am Cochran 
Wimen Cochran 
John Moore 
William Aiken 
James Clark 
Jon Harvey 
Abner Nickels 
Sam:Todde 
James Moor 
Samuel Allison 
William Gillmor 
Jame3 Andrews 
John Craig 
William Eayrs 
James Wilison 
Robert Gillmore 
Sarauell Gregg 
Angus Brown 

his 
Willm X Adams 

mark 
Benjamin Kidder 
Thomas Bogall 
Benjamin Willsou 
John Anderson 
Abraham Holme 
Alexander McMurphy 
John Blear 
James Smith 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 49 E 

David McGregore David Morison 

Christopher Airs James Campbell 

Samuel Greaves Benjamin Chamberlain 

Hugh Rogers John McNeill 

William Coghran Sainuell Barr 

James Aiken Joseph Irrvine 

Blair 

William Eayrs 

Londonderry 7 h " r 9 th 1727. 
The severall persons above mentioned took their oaths according to 
act of Parliament. 



Petition about division of town lands. 
To the Hon'-'' John Wentworth Esq. Lieut Govern 1 " and 
Comand 1 " in Chief in & over His Maj tiBS Province of New 
* Hamp r And to the Hon b; ' the Council and represent" Con- 
vened in Gen ;i Assembly for s l Province. 
The Humble petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants & Pro- 
prietors of y town of Londonderry. Humbly sheweth, 

That there has not been a Just & Equall Division of the land 
Among the Proprietors, the Maj r part of said Proprietors hav- 
ing taken their choice ot^ y* land and also Voted to themselves 
Large Tracts for Amendments and past severall other Votes to 
y e prejudice of the rest as pr the town book will appear. 

And so yo r Petitioners altho' we have Equall right (by Char- 
ter) w l the rest of the proprietors and have always paid our 
full proportion of the Town charge and some of us were some 
of the first settlers, yet we have been denyed y ' privilege of 
drawing our lotts. So that y° Division is not only Contrary to 
the Practice of y e other New Towns, but also against reason & 
Equity & the Intent of the Charter yo r Petitioners therefore 
Humbly pray for relief and they will (as in duty bound) ever 
pray. 

Robert Wiare ) being a Committee chosen 
John Barr j in behalf of ourselfs and others. 

In Coun. May 18 th 1728. 

Upon reading the within Petition ordered, That the hearing thereon 
be on thursday next y tt 23 d Ins c at 3 o'clock P. M. and That the Peti- 
tioners serve the selectmen of Lond Derry w tb a copy thereof and this 
order in y" mean Time. 

R. Waldron, cler. Con. 
Sent down for concurrance. 

Mav i8 tb 1728. In the House the above vote read & concur'd. 

James JafFrey Clr. Ass- 



49 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Differences about lands adjusted . 

At a Proprietor* meeting held at Londonderry April y i'5 t!l 172S. 

Upon the above said day it is Vetted that all the Differences concern- 
ing Mendment land Highway land and want of homestead land is 
aggreed in the manner following viz : 

That all persons that have all ready Claim'd any land for the wants of 
the above mentioned lands, shall hold their claims having them viewed 
or viewed over, by a Committee of three men one of which shall be one 
that hath one of the poorest lots, and another of the men shall be one 
of them that hath one 01 the midway lots, and the third man of said 
Committee a man that hath one of the good lots, and brought to the 
method w ■' we shall hereafter Insert (viz). That the man that gets or 
hath gotten said land above mentioned at one mile distance or under 
shall have one acre of land, made as good as one acre of the president 
the lots were viewed by. for every acre they were allowed by the Com- 
mittee chosen for viewing the home lots and >o Gradually rising one 
quarter of an acre, for each half mile, said land lieth distant from the 
sundry lots which are to have said land above mentioned, until it come 
to the Quantity of two acres made good as above for every acre that they 
are Allow*d for the wants above said, which will be at the distance of 
three miles, and so rise no more for any distance or consideration what- 
soever, and they that have not yet got their above said land or claims. 
shall have liberty to put in their claims, they that want most or allow'd 
most claiming first and so on untill it come to the smallest quantity 
which is allowed to any for the wants above mentioned said land to be 
formed into ranges that so the commons may be laid out in order and 
the land that is to be viewed over which is already laid out shall be done 
at the cost oi the town, and they that have bought any of the highway 
land and are not sattisfied with "the method are to return said land and 
take their money, which they paid for said land again, and when more 
than one man is allowed an equal quantity of the above lands, they 
shall come to the Division of a Lot who .-hall claim iirst and every pro- 
prietor is to have twenty acres added to his claim or mendment. all Dif- 
ferences and Debeats whatsoever in our town Concerning land is done 
away in this vote. Vote, that the twenty acres above mentioned is to 
be laid out Quantity and Quality only considered. 

And it is also voted on the aforesaid Day that three men shall serve 
and are chosen to lay out the lands above-mentioned, the name of the 
men are as followeth : 

John Mitchell 
John Archibald 
"Iohn Wallace 
Vera Copia 

Pr. John MacMurphy 

Town Clerk. 



Petition for redress of injustice. 

To the honourable John Wentworth Esq. Lea" Governor com- 
ancler in Chieff of the Prov. of Hampshr and Generall As- 
sembly of both houses 
The humble petition of the Subscribers to this Honorable 

Assembly, wee comolean of wrong don to us and grivoos in- 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 493 

justice in hiving outt of our land by unjust methods viz. that 
a part or' our proprietors have taken ther chois of all our 
comons and we are nott allowed nether lott nor chois and ren- 
dered loishcur of having our horn lotts made Equall with oth- 
ers, one method Dos not prevail hear to do as they wold be 
•done by. Wee the Complenentt Desire and make requeastfor 
a practicable reuli that may yealld Saiftty to every party and 
thatt a magor vott may nott cutte any ? propriator outt of his 
right by design or conning which shell further appear by a 
paper annexed hereunto, which will make it appear mor fully 
to have ben practised hear on propertie hurttofore another the 
complainentt Seke for redress from this Honourable house 
and your Petitioners shall ever pray. 
May the 15'' 172S. 

John Barnet John Morson 

Sann'ji Allison William Umfra 

William Nickels John Barr 

John Anderson Rob u Wear 

James Morison • Samuel! Barr 

Archiball Clendenin John Barnet 

John Stuart Gabriall Barr 



Petition of Londonderry respecting aggressions. 
To his Excellency William Burnet Esq. Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his Majesties province of New 
Hampshire In New England & and the Honourable Coun- 
cil now assembled att Ports"" 

The Humble petition of the Inhabitants of Londonderry 
•within said province Humbly sheweth. 

That. Whereas your petitioners have had no molestation in 
our setelment since we had a Charter from His excellency 
Gov" Sliute and the Honourable Council of this Province till 
of Late By Haverhill and methuine who have setled upon our 
Land and by authority from the Massachusets province have 
carried off Imprisoned and prosecuted and condemned our 
people in their Courts to our Detriment above two Hundred 
pounds which hath greatly Impoverished y r poor petitioners 
and notwithstanding the mutual agreem" made by y'" Excel- 
lency and the Honorable Councils of Both Provinces that no 
setiement nor improvements should be made by any till the di- 
vision of the Divisional Line, yett the people of y province of 
the Massachusets are clearing and caryingon all manor of work 
upon the River near which we know or township extends. 

May it therefore please v r Excellency and the Honourable 
Council to consider the premises and grant Relief as soon as it 



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can be agreeable and consistent with y" opportunity and y r pe- 
titioners shall ever pray. 
April 30, 1729. 

Allen Anderson") c 1 

J* f oeiect 

ohn Archibald 

James Reid 



men. 



Petition against Haverhill people. 
To His excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Govern" and Com- 
mander in chief in and over his Majesties province of New 
Hamps to the Honourable the Council and Representatives 
inGen ;: Assembly Conven'd 

The •petition of the Inhabitants of the town of Londonderry 
most humbly sheweth. 

That in as much as the Inhabitants of the Town of Haver- 
hill do often disturb sundry of your Petitioners in their quiet 
possession of their Lands granted to them by their charter 
under their pretensions of a Title thereto, we pray that the 
government may help and assist us in the defence of our title 
and possessions, or to take some method as in your wisdom 
you shall think best to prevent our being impoverished, if not 
ruined by Law Suits which are daily multiplied by them. 

We pray that some act or order may be passed for the pre- 
venting any Law Suits Concerning the Lands near the Line 
until that be setled. 

We pray that your Excellency and the Honourable Assem- 
bly will please to relieve us either by clearing us from the 
paying of Province Rates or to postpone our proportion 
of the Province Rates already assessed upon us, that we 
may be in some measure enabled to pay some Hundreds of 
pounds which we already owe by reason of those many Law 
suits in which we have been engaged and for the securing of 
such sums of money wee are willing and ready to mortgage 
our Lands. 

So we shall ever pray as in duty bound & c 



27 th Aug 1 1730. 



In the 
derry. 



behalfe of the rest of the 



James M c Keen 
John MacMurphy 
Inhabitants of London- 






1686604 



TOWN* PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 495 

Petition relating to Minister s tax and a new parish. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq Governor & Com- 
mander In chief in & over His Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire in New England, The Hon :e His Majestys 
Council & House of Representatives for said province In 
General Court assembled the 3i' r day of January Anno 
Domini 1739. 

The Petition of Sundry Persons Inhabitants of the Town of 
Londonderry in the province aforesaid Humbly Sheweth, 

That the Inhabitants of the said Town at a Town meeting- 
In the year 1736. thinking it most expedient for their accom- 
modation & Satisfaction To have the Town divided into two 
Parishes or Districts (as to their ecclesiastical affairs) accord- 
ingly then Voted a Dividing Line setting forth the course 
thereof in the vote and shortly after a Petition was Preferred to 
the General Court by the principal part of the Inhabitants liv- 
ing in the western part of the said Town praying that they 
might be erected*& Incorporated Into a New Parish agreeable 
to the Boundaries mentioned in the said vote. 

That altho the matter was not then fully effected yet so much 
was Done Pursuant to the said Petition that the Petitioners 
with their associates then & ever since have maintained a Gos- 
pel Minister among themselves ec have look'd on themselves 
as a distinct Church & Congregation from that in the other 
part of the Town and as to affairs of that nature have acted 
separately tho perhaps in strictness of Law not absolutely & 
compleatlv Disannexed and separated from the other part of 
the Town. 

That the constant standing Rule of Raising the ministers 
Salary there ever since the settlement of the said Town has 
been to Levy a tax on the pews or seats in the meeting house 
which the Propriet or occupants under them have always 
paid, so that those who could not be rank'd under one of those 
heads paid nothing towards the said Salary. 

That soon after the vote above mentioned the inhabitants of 
the said Western part of the Town proceeded to settle the Rev- 
erend Mr David Magregore as their minister who was accord- 
ingly ordained to the Pastoral office amongst them and he being 
a Gentleman with whose ministerial abilities and Moral Char- 
acter your Petitioners (as well as all the said Inhabitants) are 
well satisfied and under whose ministry they sit with Pleasure, 
they are therefore more Solicitously Concern'd that he might 
be supported Suitable To his Character & Station. That how- 
ever desirous your Petitioners (& their associates) have been 
to afford their said minister an Honorable maintainance they 
have not yet been able but barely to allow him a comfortable 
subsistence by reason of the unsettled condition they are in & 



49^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

of the unhappy disputes controversies & Law suits between 
them & the other part of the said Town by whom they have 
allways been (as they think unreasonably) oppos'd in matters 
that Relate to the Premises which situation of affairs has also 
greatly disturb'd the. peace of both societies Sc perhaps much 
Impeded not only the discharge of Christian duties but even 
the offices of Good neighborhood between them. That your 
Petitioners & their party have however at one time & another 
made all the overtures to their opponents that could in reson 
be expected for adjusting & ending the said differences & Is- 
suing all their Controversies in an amicable manner which have 
hitherto prov'd fruitless & Ineffectual for that purpose, and 
they are not only still Subsisting but seem to 'be carried to a 
greater Length & are risen to a higher Pitch now than ever. 

That notwithstanding the afore V rule & method of raising 
the ministers Salary in the said Town the said partv. your pe- 
titioners opponents who are the Major part of the Town have 
lately voted that the support of y e ministry among them (tho. 
they have at present no settled minister) shall be by a tax 
Levied on the whole Town in General without distinction 
thereby subjecting Mr Magregore's Congregation to pay toward 
the maintainance of the other minister or the supply of the 
other desk at the sametime they maintain theirown of themselves 
which seems to be a scheme projected purely to oppress & dis- 
hearten that Congregation or at least their present minister. 
That they are still willing to comply with any reasonable terms 
of Terminating the said differences but as the said Contend- 
ing parties are never like to fix on such terms themselves your 
Petitioners in behalf of the said Congregation fly to this Hon ble 
Court for aid and therefore Humbly Pray that the said Con- 
gregation with such others as are willing to join them (not ex- 
ceeding the one half of the Town) may be freed & exempted 
from paying to any other ministers salary than their own & all 
other charges of y Q nature of Parish charges & may have Par- 
ish powers & authorities granted to them, or that both the min- 
isters of the said Town for the time being may be Supported 
by an assessment on the whole town in Common according to 
the method of defraying Town charges in other Towns or that 
such other Redress may be Provided for your petitioners & 
their associates as this Hon 1 ': Court in their great wisdom & 
Goodness shall think proper & y" Petition ' as in duty bound 
shall ever pray & 

James McKeen Daniel M'aiee 

John Creaig James Gregg 

James Adam 3 Jamed Lin'laay 

Hugh Mouogtroy Root Martin 

John Jamison John Blair 

Nattianiel Ekin J-ames Blair 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 



49'/ 



•John Wallas 
Matthew Reid 
James YVillison 
Thomas Boyd 
Archibald MacMurphy 
Robai t Arbuckell 
John Mack 
John Taget 
John Gregg 
William Cregg 
James Adams, Jr 
John Archibald 
John Me Keen 
Jolm Cohran, Senr 
Thomas Grega 
Robe Campbell 
John Duncan 
John liitcby 
Robert Xorri3 
Peter Tufft 
Robt Anderson 
Wiilm Addams 
David Hunter 
Willm Robertson 
James Moore 
Tho : Jamison 
Tho : Boies 
James Nesmith 
Hugh Brown 
Edward Ackin 
James Tngart 
Allexr Patterson 
James Nesmith Jr. 
Willm Acking 
James Rodgers 
John. MucMurphy 
Wiilm Thompson 
Samll Gregg 
William Craig 
Hugh Gregg 
Hugh Moore 
Robt Morrison 
Charles Maclary 
Willm Dickey 
Elias Dickey 
Sainll Boyd 
Jitmea Leslie 
James Smith 
John Anderson 
Willm Smith 
Samll Smith 
Arthur Nesmith. 
James Anderson 



Samll Anderson 
Tho : Anderson 
Robt Morrison Jr. 
Adam Dickey 
George Knox 
Matt : Taylor 
Andw Cochran 
Willm Ntttt 
Willm Gait 
James Gait 
David Dicky 
John Wood bum 
James McNight 
Willm Gambell 
John Craig. 
John Anderson 
Arch'd McCurdy 
Robert McCardy 
Samll Barr 
James Anderson 
Tho : Tippin 
Aiexr Macmurphy 
Willm Jamison 
John Cochran 
George Duncan 
John Stewart 
Gabriel Barr 
James Clark 
Samll Grahams 
Hugh Grahams 
Robt Dinsmore 
Robt Anderson 
John Hopkins 
Samll Ranking 
Samll McKeeu 
Peter Patty .-on 
George Duncan, Jr 
Willm Duncan 
James Moore Senr 
NathBoyd 
James McKeen, Jr 
Samll Huston 
.David Huston 
Hendry Mountgomery 
John Dickey 
Will. McXeal 
David BurDStdes 
Robt Hopkins 
John Orr 
John Goffe 
James Reid 
Arche McCormuck 
Jas Eyars. No. 114. 



In the House of Representatives Feb. the first 1739-40. The within 
Petition Read & Voted, viz'. That the Petition > serve the select men 
of the Town of Londonderry with a copy of this Petition (at the Peti- 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



tioners Charge) And that they appears to be heard Tuesday the twelfths 
Curr' to shew cause why the prayer of the Petition may not be granted 
(if the Court is then sitting) if not then the third day of the sitting of 
the Gen 1 Ass 7 - next sessions. 

James Jeffry Cler. Ass*. 
In Coun. Feb. 6 -ri 1739-40, 

Rich 1 VValdron Secry. 
Feb. 6 th 1739-40. 

I assent to the above Votes. 



J- 



Belcher. 

Council, the 



In the Hou-^e of Representatives Feb. 14 th 17^9-40 

The within petition read, and the partys heard bv their 
House having considered thereof. Voted that there be an assessmt. 
made on the whole Town in Common according to the method of de- 
fraying Town Charges in other Towns for three years now next ensu- 
ing for the ministers Rates and that the same be'applyed and pay'd to 
the ministers each his respective Salary already agreed for: and that 
the Rate already made be gathered and app-lyed in the same manner,. 
and that the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

James Jeffry CI. Ass m 
In Coun. Feb. 15 th 1739-40 
Read and non Concurred. 

R. Waldron, Secry 



Counter Petition. 
We the under Subscribers being Inhabitants of L: Derry 
and province of New Hampshire (viz) living in the South- 
erly part of s 1 town, we are Informed that their are Sundry of 
our Neighbours Petitioners your Excel! 7 and Hon" for a new 
parish in s d Town, therefore we wod signify to your Excel!. & 
Hon 1 " 5 that we hope by the blessing of God in a fue years to 
be fit to be Erected into a parish or precinct by ourselve their- 
fore we pray your Excell. and Hon 1 - not to hurt our yong be- 
ginings in setting off a new parish in said town of London- 
derry, as wittness our hands. Dated at Londonderry aforesaid 
Feby the 9 - 1739-40. 



John Kille . 
Jam' Gill mo re 
Sam !l Morison 
Halbert Morison 
Ezekiel Morison 
Tho* Morison 
Will m Thorn 
John Creige 
John Gillmor 
Jam s Bell 
Will 31 Bolton 
John Bolton 
Alex r Richey 
John Merrow 
Thomas Quigley 



John Vance 
Jam 3 Col we 11 
Jam 3 Cohvell, Jr 
Jam 1 Dunlap 
David Greage 
William Greage 
Sam i: M Addams 
Nathanell Hamphill 
Charels Dourach, Jr 
John Stuart 
John Aram Strong 
John M Cay 
Robart Thomson 
Alexander Dunlap. 
John Willson 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 



499 



Alex r Park 
Robart Park 
Joseph Waugh 
Samuell Campbell 



William Campbell 
Hendry Camdbell 
John Cochron 
Jon. Cochran Jr. 



Afiswer of Selectmen of Londonderry. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Governor and Com- 
mander in chief in and over his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshire, the Honourable his Majesties Council for s d 
province and the House of Representatives in General as- 
sembly Convened. 

The Answer of the selectmen of Londonderry to a petition 
of sundry of the Inhabitants of s 1 Toun for a new parish, shews, 
That at the General Court held at portsmouth in and for said 
Province in April 1736 there was a petition preferred to the Gen- 
eral Court of s ' province that there might be a parish set off in the 
westerly part of s' 1 toun agreeable to a vote of s l toun, that then the 
General Court was pleased by a Vote to set off a parish in the 
westerly part of s' 1 toun and that the meeting House or place 
of worship should be where it then Stood in the westerly part 
of said toun and that to the number of thirty live in s d west- 
erly parish might Remain to the old parish, and also thirty 
five of the old parish might go to the New parish, and that 
Before the s' 1 Vote of the General Court was reduced to an 
act the Secretarys House was consumed by fire the s d Vote 
among other papers was Burnt at which grant to our neigh- 
bours by your Excell. & Hon" your answerers was fully satis- 
fied and contented. But it hath so hapned since the Destruc- 
tion of s 1 papers that their is a party in the old parish friends 
to the Rev' 1 Mr M Gregore that has removed the publick wor- 
ship of God from the Westerly meeting House Contrary to 
your Excell. & Hon" orders and have Built another meeting 
house within a mil and a half to the old meeting House which 
we conceive will tend more to the fomenting. of our present 
Debets and the destroying of Religion than any thing Ells, 
and have used all means & methods to tear our toun into 
peaces and also they have tray'd all meathods to destroy our 
meathod in Rising our ministers Sallary in the old meeting 
house which meathod was to Rise the ministers Sallary upon 
the pews or seats in s ' : House they still crying out that such a 
meathod was unjust and also contrary to the Laws of s d prov- 
ince till this present year that they obliged the Town to pass 
a vote to Rise s d Sallary by the poles and estats of s d Toun 
agreeable to the Laws and Custom of this Province. That a 
number of the Inhabitants of s d toun have Petitioned this 



5°° NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Honorable Court (this present sessions) for a new parish in s L 
toun. Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly pray that if 
their be any new parish in s' 1 town it may be agreeable to the 
line agreed upon in the s ! town and agreeable to the vote of 
the General Court, Namely that the meeting House be where 
it was first Built in the westerly part and that thirty five may 
go from the westerly part to the old parish and as many from 
the old parish to the westerly parish, and that the taxes already 
assessed in s" town for this year past may be pay'd as assessed 
by s 1 town. 



Feb. n cil 1739—40. 



Andrew Todd ) Selectmen 
Hugh Wilson V for 

Moses Barnett J London- Derry. 



Votes relating- to the places of public worship, <£c. 

Prov. of \ At a meeting of the proprietors freeholders & Inhabitants 

N. H. /of Londonderry held at the old meeting House Oct. the 6 li 

1739- 
The Seventh article in the foregoing Warrant Being Read & consid- 
ered by s fI Inhabitants It is Voted and agreed upon that the most west- 
erly meeting House in the westerly side of $•' Toun shall be the place 
of publick Worship for that Parish when set orT by authority and'laws 
of s' 1 province 

A true copy taken out of the second Book of Records for London- 
derry the 9 tl day of Feb r 1739-40 

Attest p. Jo a Wallace town Clerk. 

It is also voted & agreed upon at the afore s d meeting by s d Inhabit- 
ants that they will pay their Suppliers or Preachers of the Gospel in 
the old meeting House according to the Law and Custom of s d prov- 
ince 

A true Copy attest p. ]o n Wallace, 

Town Clerk. 



At a Toun meeting held at L : Derry Decb' y* 5 th 1735. 

Whereas at the aforesaid meeting after several! arguments and over- 
tures made by the proprietors freeholders and Inhabitants where they 
wo'd have the aforesaid line made for a new precinct in the westerly 
side of this town in order to maintain a gospel ministry in that part of 
Londonderry the Moderator Desired all those that were Qualified to 
■draw or form themselves up before the South side of the meeting 
house in two parties tiiose that was for having a line Determined to be 
in one place and those that was not for having a line made to be in an- 
other place upon which those that was willing and contented to have a 
line Determined formed themselves together in order to be number'd 
and the town clerk, (viz) John M Murphy Rekn'd or counted them one 
hundred and twenty for having a line determined for a new precinct, 
upon which the moderator desir'd all those that was not for s d line to 
form themselves also but they wo'd not and upon their refusall the 
moderator desir'd them to repair into the meeting House and either 
(bring in written votes or to put themselves in form so as they might 









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50I 



be Reckn'd or counted, it was answered it was not worth while for that 
a great many was gone away and none spoke to the contrary, which 
line is voted as followeth that the Southerly line of our toun upon the 
westerly side of Beaver Brook shall be the line upon that bide and 
from said line and by Beaver Brook upon the westerly side untill it 
come to the Road that leads towards ammasceegg begining near the 
old Saw mill upon the Southerly side of Will 111 Cockrons lott thence 
Riming as said Road as Highway leads to the foord way upon the 
Brook known by the name of the twelve acre Brook and from said 
foord way upon another line untill it come to Chester town line and 
From said* Chester line to the Southerly line first mentioned. 

A true copy taken out of the second book of Records for London- 
derry 

Attest pr. John Wallace, town clerk 



Petition of ^Congregation relating to Presbyterial author- 
ity, dec. 
To the Honourable Richard Waldron Esq Secretary of His 

Majestys Council in New Hampshire. 

The Humble Petition of Sundry the members of the 2 d 
Congregation In Londonderry and Province aforesaid In be- 
half of themselves and others. Sheweth. 

That those of your Petitioners who dwell In the Western 
side of the Town were disannexed as a distinct Parish by a 
Vote of the Town in a legal Town meeting In the year 1736. 
That those who dwell within y 1 -" Bounds of the old Parish were 
dismissed from said Parish by Presbyterial Authority all which 
we can make appear by authentick Records. That the place 
of worship where we now meet was agreed upon before our 
minister was ordained'by a Great Majority of our Congreg 1 as 
we can make appear by a written agreement to that purpose. 
That we beg your Hon'' would hear our agent Mr Reid upon 
this Head who can plainly demonstrate the necessity of our 
place of worships being fixed where it is. That the vigorous 
oppos w ••' has been made against us from time to time what 
ever specious pretences it may be cloathed withall proceeds 
from a rooted antipathy against our Minister or rather against 
his Father y " late Mr M Gregore whose memory is still dear to 
us and we think ought to be to our whole Town. That had 
we an opportunity of Letting your Honor Into some passages 
of the Secret History of our Town we could make it manifest 
that this is no groundless inuendo. That the prayer of our 
petition now before his Excellency and Council if Granted 
cannot hurt the old congregation whatever clamour of this sort 
they may make they being still far more numerous and wealthy 
than we' and their meeting house as well or better situated for 
the accomodation of their People. That we cannot help sus- 



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pecting that we have been Secretly Stigmatized as persons dis- 
affected to his Excellencys Goveram* by some who make lies 
their refuge. That if nothing be done for our relief at this 
Juncture we are affraid our minister will-be obliged to leave 
us which will be exceeding heavy to us considering the great 
love we have to him and the Edification and comfort we enjoy 
under his administrations. That your Honours doing some- 
what to extricate us from our present difficulties will lay such 
an oblig n to Gratitude upon us as will endear you to us more 
than ever which we shall be ready to make appear by our 
future conduct. 

May it therefore Please your Hon r since we flee to you for 
Succour to use your Interest upon our behalf with his Excel- 
lency & the other honourable members of the Council That 
our "Petition may be reconsidered and that somewhat may be 
done for our relief that may be looked upon as reasonable and 
Just and your Petit" as In duty bound shall ever pray. 

Signed at Londonderry, this iS :i day of Feb. 1739-40 by 

Sam. Gre^sf 



James Cleark 
Daniel Macduffee 
Nathan Macfarland 
Alexander McNeill 
James Reid 
Matt. Reid 



James Nesmith 
Samuell Ban- 
James M Keen 
John Archibald 
James Anderson 
James Adams 
George Duncan 
Joh" Blair 
By appointment 
In Council February 21 st 1739-.10 

Upon reading the* petition for a new parish in the Toun of London- 
derry, Voted that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a bill for 
making a new Parish by the -bounds mentioned in a vote of the said 
town dated X'' er I st 1735." with a saving to forty persons to goovertothe 
new pish from the old and the like number from the old to the new, 
if there be so many on each side that desiers it Provided they make 
their request Known to the select men within two months from the 
date of the Act. and that what money shall be collected or has been 
collected from the Petitioners the curriyeare for paying the Incumbent 
at the old meeting house shall be refunded or pay'd to the selectmen 
of the new Parrish that shall be chosen by Virtue of the act now to be 
made towards defraying the Charge and Sallary of the New parish. 
Richard Waldron, Secry. 
Eod^ 1 die. In the House of Representatives Read and Concurr'd with 
this amendment, Viz that it be said, the like number from the new to 
the old Instead of from the old to the new. 

James Jeffrey. Cler. Ass ra 
In the House of Representatives Feb 23d 1739-40 
The annexed Bill passed to be enacted. 

James Jeffrey Clr Ass m 

An act for erecting and Incorporating a New parish in the town of 
Londonderry in the province of New Hampshire. 

Whereas sundry of the Inhabitants of the said town have petitioned 
the Generall Court setting forth that the number situation and other 






TOWN PAPERS — LONDONDERRY. 



503 



•circumstances of the inhabitants of the said town Rendered it neces- 
sary to have Two parishes there. That the Inhabitants at a Town meet- 
ing in the year 1735, Voted where a Dividing Line show'd Run in case 
this Court should see meet to allow and confirm it and praving that a 
New Parish might be incorporated with all the necessary and Common 
Powers and Authority's of Law. 

Be it therefore enacted by his Excellency the Governour Council 
and Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the author- 
ity of the same, that there shall be and Hereby is a New Parish m_ide 
erected and Incorporated within the Township of Londonderry afore- 
said by the following meets and Boundaries viz. the southerly* line of 
said Town upon the westerly side of the Brook Called Beaver Brook 
shall be the line on that side and from said Line by Beavour Brook, 
upon the westerly side untill it comes to the Road that leads Towards 
-ammaskeag Beginning Near the old saw mill upon the southerly side 
of William Cochrans Home Lotts thence running as said Road or 
High way Leads to the fordway upon the brook Known by the Name 
of the twelve acre Brook and from said fordway upon a North Line un- 
til it comes to Chester Town Line and from said Chester line to the 
southerly line first mentioned Being the same dividing lines that were 
Voted by the inhabitants of the said Toun at a meeting there held on 
the first of December In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hun- 
dred and thirty five for the Boundaries of a New Parish — And all Poles 
and estates Living within and comprehended by the aforesaid Lines 
except as is herein after excepted shall be disannexed from and Exemp- 
ted and discharged of and from paying towards the support of the min- 
istry school or s'chools and all other parish charges of and in the other 
part of the Town or the old parish and are hereby erected and Incor- 
porated into a New Parrish with full power and Authority to Raise 
Money on the said poles and Estates by way of Tax for the support of 
the ministry school or schools and ail other charges of the Nature of 
parish charges within said Parish according to and in the way and 
manner by Law directed for Raising and defraying toun Charges within 
the Touns of this province. 

Only excepting saving and Reserving a Liberty unto any number 
Not exceeding fourty of the persons living within the limits of the old 
parish aforesaid to go over unto and to Become members of the said 
New parish if they see cause and on the Contrary for any number not 
exceeding forty of the Persons Living within the Bounds of the said 
New Parrish to go over unto and become members of the said old par- 
ish if they see cause — And in order To determine who are or shall be 
the persons unto whom the said liberty is granted it is hereby ordered 
and Directed that those who Incline to exchange to belong to the parish 
in which thev do not Live as aforesaid shall within the limits of two 
months from the publication Of this act give in their Names to the se- 
lectmen of the town or old Parish for the time being signifying their 
desire of Exchanging Parishes as aforesaid and all such persons who 
shall give in their names not exceeding the number aforesaid on each 
side with their families and estates shall be parishioners of and belong 
unto the said Parishes respectively as they shall signify the same as 
aforesaid — And to prevent Disputes who shall be of the said Number 
in case more of both or either side should desire it. the same shall be 
determined by the order of entring the Names as aforesaid Beginning 
with the first'on each side Read three times and passed in the House 
February 25 th 1739-40 

Andrew Wiggin Speaker 

- - Richard Waldron Secretary 

Assented to Jonathan Belcher 



5<H 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition for a new Parish. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Gov' and Com- 
mander In Chief in and over HisMajestys Province of New- 
Hampshire, The Hon ' e His Majestys Council and House 
of Representatives for said Province in General Court con- 
vened. 

The Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the South part 
of Londonderry in said Province, Humbly Shews, 

That your Petitioners by the Situation of their estates and 
Places of residence in the said Town labour under considera- 
ble difficulties unknown to others not in their circumstances, 
more especially with respect to their Attendance on the public 
worship. The greater part of them or rather all of them ex- 
cept three living upwards of Seven miles from either of the 
meeting houses in the said Town, the inconveniences of which 
are self evident. 

That the Inhabitants of the Parish in the said Town to- 
which your Petitioners principally belong sensible of the diffi- 
culties attending your Petitioners in this regard have lately at 
a public meeting voted what should be the boundaries of a 
new parish if the Petitioners can obtain the authority of this, 
court to incorporate them and that there will be no opposition 
(as your Petition conceive) from any part of the said Town 
to the erecting a new parish by the boundaries voted as afores 4 
Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly Pray this Hon ols 
Court to erect a New Parish in the said Town by the bounda- 
ries aforesaid which will Comprehend a tract of land of near 
six miles in length and four in breadth lying on the South side 
at the Easterly end of the said Town and Take in your Peti- 
tioners habitations & estates and that they may be invested with 
such legal powers and authorities as may be sufficient to an- 
swer the ends and purposes of such a precinct, and your peti- 
tioners as in dutv bound shall ever pray &c 



Thom : Morrison 
Haibert Morrison 
Jn° Dinsmore 
Rob'- Hopkins 
John Cochran 
AIexand r Dunlap 
Jn° Gilmore 
Janr Dunlap 
Rob c Tompson 
jn° Wilson 
Jti° MKye 
Jos h Waugh 
Jn* Stewart 
W n Bolton 
Ja. Bolton 
David Bolton 
W 21 Gregg 



Henry Campbell 
W n Campble 
Tho' Cample 
Hugh Grimes 
W" Eamerson Jr. 
Jas Caswal, Jr. 
Jn ' Murray 
Arthur Grimes 
Jam 1 Bell 
Sam M Adams 
J n0 Bolton 
Tho s Quigty 
David Gregg 
John Armstrong 
Alexand 1 " Park, Jr 
Alexand r Park 
Ezek' Morrison 



[In the original is a plan of the said Parish. Ed.] 
The Bounds of the Town of Londonderry as runout p me are as fol- 
lows (viz). Beginning at a Beach Tree the south East Corner of Ches- 
ter & from thence it runs South four miles & one half mile to a Read 
Oak spotted on four sides & marked L. D. for Londonderry & Sundry 
Other Letters, then it runs West one mile & three Quarters of one mile 
to an Oak stake standing three rodds & one half rod to the North of a 
Bunch of maples Standing in a hollow & spotted & marked as afore- 
said then it runs south six miles & one half mile to a Pitch Pine tree 
standing about 25 rods to the South of hally hack meadow marked as 
the first, then nine miles & half west North west to a Pitch Pine stand- 
ing ninety two rods over a Brook marked as aforesaid, Then North 
Eleven miles & one half mile to a Pitch Pine marked as aforesaid then 
north north east three miles to a Red Oak marked as aforesaid then 
E. S. E. one mile to a White Ash tree standing in a run of Water that 
runs into a Pond, then strait to Chester Corner it being three Pitch 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 505 

Rob 1 Dinsmore Sam 1 Campble 

Sam 1 Morrison Jam' Campble 

W" Jameson Nath ; Hemphill 

Jn J Kyle Sam ; Smith 

Ja: Gihnore W" Waugh 

Rob' Park Jn > Gilmore 

Ja Caswell Jn° Vance. 

Jn° Kyle, Jr 
Jan, the 2: st 1741. In the house of Representatives. 

The within Petition read and Voted, That the Petitioners serve the 
Selectmen of the Town of Londonderry forthwith with a Copy of the 
Petition and the Votes thereon, that the said town of Londonderry may 
appear at the General assembly on thursday fortnight to shew cause if 
any they have why the prayer of the petition may not be granted, and 
if the General Court shall not then be sitting then to appear the third 
day of the sitting of the next session of General Assembly 

James Jeffrey, Cler. Ass m 
In Coun. Jan. 27 th 1741-2 
Read and concurred. 

Rich* 1 Waldron Secry. 
Jan 27 th 174-12. 

Assented to, B. Wentworth. 

The petition' 5 having bro't a certificate from the Selectmen of Lon- 
donderry that excepting 3 or 4 persons they have nothing to object ag l 
the prayer of the petition being granted, the House having considered 
thereon, Voted that the prayer of the Petition be granted (Excluding the 
persons & estates of John Archibald James Clark, James Moore John 
Hopdins & John Cockrane) that they be set off by the Bounds in the 
Petition and have all powers within themselves as other Towns have 
keeping & supporting an orthodox minister to preach amongst them & 
joyn with the Town of Londonderry and pay their proportion to him 
& all taxes allready made, and that they have Liberty to bring in a Bill 
accordingly. 

James Jeffry Clr. Ass m 
In Council Feb. 10: 1741-2 
Read & concurrd, 

Rich' Waldron, Seen 
Feb. io 1, 1741-2 

Assented to B. Wentworth. 



06 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Pines marked by a former committee & well spotted & marked with the 
letters L. D. then East South East ten miles & iifty five rods to the 
Beach Tree first mentioned. 

Dated atNew market April y- 12 th 1742. 

Walter Bryant. 
rec d into the Secrv Office 15 th April 1742. 
Attest Theod' Atkinson 

Copy P. Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 



Petition of Samuel Earr. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt General 
Governour and Commander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire in New England and to 
the flon' ! - his Maj Ues Council for said Province. 
Samuel Barr of Londonderry in said Province of New 
hampshire for himself and in the name and behalf of the Pro- 
prietors of the sai.d Town of Londonderv Humbly Sheweth, 

That your Petitioners for several years past has been verry 
greatly disturbed and troubled and incroach'd upon in their 
Possessions, & in defence of the same has Expended from 
time to time in the Law near two thousand Pounds against 
the Inhabitants of the Massachusets Bay and tho' some of 
those persons that formerly made Incroachments upon the 
Said Town of Londonderry, By the late settlement of the Line 
fall within the Province of New Hampshire, yet still they 
continue to Lxroach upon s d Town and carry off the smal 
part of Timber that is yet growing there and other disturb- 
ances There on pretence that the Bounds of said Town was 
never yet Run out and assertained. 

Wherefore, for assertaining the Bounds and limits of the 
said Town and to prevent any further disputes or unesieness 
about the Limits thereof, your Petitioners most humbly Prayes 
your Excellencie & the Hon 1 '" the Council to appoint a Proper 
Person as survevor and Chaine men under oath to run and 
perambulate the lines of said Town according to the Charter 
on the east, south and west sides, and home to Chester Bounds, 
(the Bounds between Chester and Londonderry having been 
perambulated by consent of both Towns Several times already) 
or otherwise as to your Excell 3 and Hon r3 shall seem meet. 
And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray & c 
Feb. 25 t; 1741-2. 

Samuell Barr. 

In Council Feb. 26, 1741-2 

The within Petition of Sam 1 Barr in behalf of the Proprietors of 
London Derry read and voted thereon that a Surveyor and Chainrnen 
be appointedand sworn to perambulate and renew the bounds of the 



TOWN PAPERS— LONDONDERRY. 507 

said Township according to the lines mentioned in their charter and 
that the Surveyor make a plan of the same and return to his Excellency 
the Goveruour to be lodged in the Secretary's office and that the same 
be done as soon as may be with convenience* and His Excellency is de- 
sired to appoint the Surveyor and chainmen And that the Petitioners 
defray the expence and also notify the selectmen of Kingston & Ches- 
ter six days before the busyness is entered upon. 
Rich d Waldron, Secry. 

: 



Petition for division of la?id, &c. 
To His Excellency Bennmg Wentworth Esq. Gov. Captain 
General and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire in New England to the Hon- 
ourable his Majesties Council and Honourable house of 
Representatives in General assembly Convened, 
The humble petition of the Subscribers, Sheweth, 
That there is a third Division of Land lying in the township 
of Londonderry in this Province which Belongs to the 
Heir of the Rev'- Mr Thomas Thomson Deceased and to 
y r Petition'". Mathe'w Taylor, John Archibald and James 
Reid. That the said third division of Land never was Sub 
divided between the foresaid parties. 

That y Petitioners Matthew Taylor & : are under an Indis- 
pensible necessity of selling their share of the same Land in 
order to defray an incumbent debt they Laid themselves under 
an obligation to pay at their Purchassing the same. 

May it therefore Please y r Excellency and Hon*"-' to take our 
Petition under your Consideration and acording to y r Wonted 
Justice make such provision for y ' Petitioners as that the said 
third Division or any other division of Land that may be laid 
out in Common between the foresaid Heir and y' Petitioners 
for time coming may be divided So as each party may dispose 
of their own share 'as need may be and y 1 Petitioners as in 
duty Bound shal ever pray. 

Mathew Taylor 
John Archibald 
Tames Reid 

We the Subscribers do consent to the pray" of y e fore- . 
going Petition & its agreed by Both Parties That James 
Rodgers, John Wallace, & Tho 3 Coughran be appointed to 
Divide s ■ Land if the Prav r of s 1 Petition be granted. Given 
under our hands att Londonderry this iS' i: day of January 
1741. 

Will™ Davidson, 
Frances Davidson. 



Petition of inhabitants of old and ?ieiv Parishes of Lon- 
donderry. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor and 
Commander in chief in and over his Maj - ets province of New 
hampshire the Honourable his Majesties Councill for said 
Province and the house of Representatives in Generall As- 
sembly Convened. 
The Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitance of Londonderry 

in the province of New hampshire belonging to the old and 

new parishes humbly Sheweth. 

That whereas in February in the year 1739-40 there was a 



50S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

jan the 2f th 1741. In the house of Representatives. 

The within Petition Read, and voted that the Petitioners serve the 
Executors or adm rs of the Late Reverend Zvl Thomson, with a coppy 
of the Petition and votes thereon, that they may appeare at the Gen" 
Assembly as soon as Possible (.& bring- a coppy of the said M : Thom- 
sons will or letters of administration), and to shew cause (if any they 
have) why the prayer of the Fetation may not be granted, and if they 
cannot appeare while assembly is now sitting, then to appeare the 3 d 
day of the siting of the next sessions of Gen ' Assembly; 

James Jeifrey Clr. Ass-" 
In Coun Jan 27, 1741-2 

Read and concurr'd 

Rich J Waldron, Secry. 
Jan 27, 1741-2 Assented to. 

B. Wentworth. 

In the House of Representatives March the I2 r; ' 1741-2. Upon Re- 
considering the above vote of the House of the 27 t:i Jan. last past, 
Voted that the Petitioners Serve the Ex'.'-" or Adm" 3 of the Late Rever- 
end Mr Thomson (Late of Londonderry Cle' Deceased) with a coppy 
of the Petition and the order of the Gem Assembly thereon to notifie 
the said Ex r - or adm"' afforesaid to appear at the Gen" assembly next 
thursday at ten of the clock in the forenoon, to shew cause (if any he 
or they have) why the Prayer of the Petition may not be granted, & if 
the Ge;v Ass "• shall not then be sitting then to appeare the 3' day of 
■the sitting of the Gen : Assembly next sessions. 

James Jeffry 

Cler.'Ass" 
In the House of Representatives March the io t!l 1741-2 

The within petition Read, The Petitioner James Reed appear'd & 
Robert Boyce Esq ad;n to the Rev 1 Mr. Tomsons Estate appeared the 
Parties heard & Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be granted and 
that James Rodgers, John Wallace & Thomas Couchran be authorized 
& Impowered to make Division of the Land mentioned in the Petition : 
and that the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

James Jetfry Cler. Ass 1 " 

In Council Eod. Die 
Read and Concurr'd 

R. Waldron, Secry. 

Eodem Die Assented to 

B. Wentworth. 



TOWN PAPERS — LONDONDERRY. 509 

new parish sett off in this town by the Generall Court, Grant- 
ing Liberty to fourty famelyes that lived within the Bounds of 
the said new parish still to Remain members of the old parish 
with their estates and at the same time granted Liberty that 
fourty famelys that lived within the Bounds of the old parish 
Should become members of the new parish With their estates 
if they saw cause. 

Which accordingly was performed and that still their was 
some few famelys and single persons in Both parishes that was 
not contented because they were obliged to pay there parish 
Tax where they properly belonged and went to the contrary 
parish to the publick worship, and that whereas freedom and 
Liberty is most to be Desired especially in Religious affairs 
and whereas every christian ought chiefly to study those things 
That will be most for the advancement of the Redeemers King- 
dom •out of a consious consern for those persons that they might 
obtain their freedom and liberty as well as the Rest of the 
people of this town the Two parishes chose each of them a 
committee to see to accomodate that affair who is the Sub- 
scribers to this petition and was legaly chosen for Said "End, 
and accordingly we meet and after some conversation about 
the affair we came to a mutual! agreement that all persons who 
had a mind to become members of the new parish should on 
a certain day then appointed meet the two committees and 
sign their names to said agreement which is two tedious here 
tc Insert and those that had a mind to become members of the 
old parish had the same liberty and accordingly at the Day ap- 
pointed the people came and signed their names only their is 
a saving clause in said agreement that we did not Intend any 
Infringment on the Court Act Relating to the fourty famelys 
belonging to each parish : Wherefore your petitioners humbly 
prays your Excellencv the Honourable the Councill and house 
of Representatives that you would be pleased to pass an act to 
establish this our agreement. & that those persons, with their 
estates who hath already signed their names with us may be- 
come members of the old and new parish as they have signed, 
and that you would be pleased to Incorporate the new parish 
into a town & have priveledges as other towns except it be 
about highway work and taking the Invoice for the payment of 
the publick tax. Likewise that you would be pleased to ex- 
plain the former act Relating to the fourty famelys that is to 
sav whither on the sale of any of those fourty estates the pur- 
chaser shall be obliged to pay his parish tax where the estate 
was signed unto, or whither he may be at his Liberty to go to 
the other parish if he sees good. Also that all trangent per- 
sons who shall come to sojourn in this town shall have liberty 
to sign there names in three months after there arrivall with 



•Committee 



5TO NEW HAMPSHIRE 

the Selectmen of the parish where they design to Belong and 
shall be oblidged to pay there tuxes there and your petitioners 
as in Duty bound ever shall pray. 

James Gregg Hijgh Millson 

Moses Barnett Robt Cochran 

James Nesmith James Clark 

Thomas Willson James Aiken 

Samuell Barr Archibald M Cormick 

Jo" 1 Wallace James Taggart 

In the House of Representatives c/' r the first 1741. The within Peti- 
tion Read and parties heard, and Voted that the Prayer of the Petition 
be so far Granted as concerns the signers mentioned in the agreem' 
mentioned in the Petition and that the new Parish be made a perticular 

Precinct by the name of and y r they have the prevelidges 

as other towns or Parishes have by the Laws of this Province excepting 
the choice of assembly man which shall be chosen as formerly By the 
whole Town, and as to the forty familys formerly Polled off in either 
new or old pish, that their persons or estates stand as they are and like- 
wise their successors in the several estates either by Descent or pur- 
chase to Remaine the same having sign' 1 according as the Petition men- 
tioned and as to any new Comers that is Tradesmen or ministers &' : that 
Shall Signifie to the clerk of the Town within 3 months after they come 
there to live, where they will belong, and that all children & Servants, 
when they become Rateable shall pay where their parents or Masters. 
pay, and that the Petition"' have liberty to Bring in a Bill accordingly. 

James Jeffrey Cler. Ass 1 ""' 
In Coun. March 13 th 1741-2 
Read and Concurred. 

R. Waldron 
Same day Assented to, 

B. Wentworth- 



Petition of selectmen respecting' Parish boinzds. 
To His Excellency Bening Wentvvorth Esq. Governour and 

Commander in Chief in and over his Maj l1 Province of New 

Hampshire and to the Hon :c his Maj ts Council of said 

Province. 

The Humble Petition of the select men of the town of Lon- 
donderry in the province aforesaid most Humbly sheweth, 

That your petitioners Laying upon or near to the boundery 
line of the province and so a grait part of our town always- 
disputed in the Law by which your petitioners yet labors in 
enumerable dihquelty which is attended with large expence and. 
yet some of the desturbers of our peace and not our peace only 
but of the peace of other towns and also of the province itself, 
have as we understand petitioned for a part of our town on the 
East part ot our town to be annexed to a new parish or town 
of there own forming by which if granted would in a measuer 
destroy our old parish and cut a grait many mens estates to 
pieces. 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 



5** 



May it therefor pleas your Excelency and Honors to take 
our case into your consideration and not to brake in on our town 
in any ways which if don will render our town for ever miser- 
able and your petitioners as in duty bound shal ever pray. 
Deatted at Londonderry, 
February y' r io t: 1746-7 

Hugh Willson ") e , 
Adam Clexdinin V SeIect 
Tho 3 Horner 



men 



Petition to be Taxed i?i Nottingham.- West. 
Province of )To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. 
New Hamp r J Governour & c The Hon" !e his Majestys 
Couricill& House of Representatives in Gen 11 
Assembly convened, Jan. 1754. 

The petition of Sundry Inhabitants now within the lines of 
Londonderry whose names are entered on the Back hereof 
most humbly shews, 

That whereas by the unhappiness of the line formerly not 
being Known and agreed to by this and the Massachusetts 
Province the grant of Dunstable and Londonderry Interfered, by 
which means wee and the chief part of our Lands fall within 
Londonderry 

That when we began our settlements there, we was part of 
the town of Nottingham, and considered as such both as to 
Duty & Priviledge. 

That by the late Incorporation of the lands adjoining to Lon- 
donderry we were not considered in their Resettlement and 
Building their meeting house"' Neither is the settlement of 
either of the meeting housen in Londonderry which are sett on 
the Northeasterly part of that town ten miles from the greatest 
part of us from some of us eleven and that none of us live 
within nine miles the Road we pass to the nearest of their meet- 
ing housen. 

That upon our application to this Hon' !e Assembly some- 
time since we obtained the favour to be Dismissed from the 
Taxes Londonderry had then assessed us and in the future till 
the further order of this assembly. 

That altho Nottingham and Litchfield meeting housen are 
under their last Regulation sett about three miles nearer than 
Londonderry yet the travill is so far that it is very difficult for 
us to attend their great part of the year, yett Nottingham has 
been the place wee have attended the ministry when the season 
was such we could travill. 



512 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



That the distance we are from Londonderry renders it Im- 
practicable for us and our familys to attend there on Lords days 
.and their Known numbers and Riches leaves no room for pre- 
tending to need us to support that charge. 

Nottingham has hitherto favoured us with Liberty to meet 
with them and are still willing without our being taxed to the 
support of their minister. 

That we shall chearfully amongst our selves in the Winter 
season hire as much as our abilities will admit till we may by 
some future opportunity be Better accomodated. 

Wee justly expect and are Willing to pay to the support of 
Government (an Invaluable priviledge) what our Equitable 
part is & shall be. That ever since we have been settled, have 
& still do keep and maintain Good Hyways thro all that part 
we claim where they have been found of convenience & are 
Willing to continue so to do : 

Wherefore we Humbly pray that your Excellency & Hon- 
ours would be pleased to take these premises into your consid- 
eration & to grant that wee may be altogether freed and not 
subjected to any Tax or assessment in Londonderry, and that 
wee may be so far sett of and annexed to Nottingham west as 
to be taxed with them to the province charges ; and as in duty 
Bound shall ever pray. 

Ebenezer Spalding John Kidder 

Isaac Page Thomas Mash 

Joseph Kidder William Hill 

Richard Marshall Samson Kider 

George Burroughs Noah Kidder 

Ezekiel Chase Benjamin Melven 

Gorge Burroughs Jr James Barret 

John Marshall, Jr Moses Barret 

Millen ? Mills Reuben Spv.lding 

William Butterfield Moses Lowell 

Ezekiel Page Nathaniel Hills 

Leonard Cumings David Lawrence 

Stephen Spaulding Stephen Lowell. 

Joseph Kidder 
Prov. New Hamps 

In Council Jan. 9 th 1754, read & 

Ordered to be sent Down to the Hon olc House of Representatives. 
Theodore Atkinson, Secry 

Province of \ Jn he house of Representatives January the 9 th 1754. 
New Hamp ) r 

Upon reading the within Petition Voted that the Petitioners be heard 
on the within Petition on the third Day of the sitting of the General 
Assembly next after the V 1 day of March next & that the Petitioners at 
their own cost serve the select men of Londonderry with a Copy of this 
Petition & of the order thereon that they may shew cause if any they 
have why the prayer of the petition should not be granted 

Matthew Livermore, 
Clerk. 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 



5'3 



Province of) , the honse of Representatives March 28, 17C4. 
JNew rlamp J r ' ' J ~ 

Voted that the Petition herewith annexed be dismiss'd. 

Matthew Livermore, Clerk. 



Counter petition. 
To his Excell y Penning Wentworth Esq Gov r & Comander 
in Chief In & over his Majestys Prov of New Hamp. and 
to the honourable his Majestys Counsel & house of Rep ves 
in Gen 1 Court assembled March the 27 th 1754. 
The humble Petition of the Town of Londonderry of the 
said Prov. Sheweth, 

That having been lately served by order of Assembly with 
the copy of a petition Subscribed by a number of people liv- 
ing at present upon some of our Lands in the Southwestern 
part of the Town, wherein they request to be disannexed from 
Londonderry, we crave leave to represent as follows: That 
were we before a court whose Business it is to Judge of the 
Right of the soyl we might say that as the land upon which 
the Petitioners is settled did upon the determination of the 
Boundary Line between the provinces fall within the province 
of New Hamp. it thereby plainly appears that the assembly 
of the massach t:s had never any power to grant it that there- 
fore their pretending to hold by Dunstable gives them no just 
Title to the Land. That had the Mass" 3 obtained all that 
they desir'd of his Majesty, viz. a curve line the case of the 
petitioners with respect to Title would have been the same all 
of them living above three miles distant from the River. That 
the far greater part if not the whole of the Petitioners have 
settled since the Determination of the line and some of them 
very lately. But as it may be perhaps said that these things 
are not a proper Subject to be laid before the honorable as- 
sembly we insist not on them but proceed farther to say, That 
the Town of Windham a part of Londonderry is so much 
weakened by a considerable number of the Inhabitants being 
freed from any obligation to support the Gospel ministry there 
that the remaining part was left too weak to support the said 
charge, in consequence whereof their minister has been 
obliged to leave them and they are at present destitute of the 
principal outward means of Grace without any rational pros- 
pect of its being soon otherwise. 

That the Western parish of Londonderry is already consid- 
erably weakened by the Incorporation of Derryfield that should 
another large part be taken off on the South western side espe- 
cially if that is done with a view and as a step towards a yet 

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farther Incroach r - the Conseq s is like to be soon the same with 
the Western Parish as that with Windham above mentioned. 

That the thing the petitioners ask of this honorable assem- 
bly, viz. to be disannexed from Londonderry without beino- 
incorporated either as a Town or Parish is (as far as we know*) 
without example in the Prov e and it is left to the reasonable- 
consideration of this wise assembly whether (if granted) it 
might not prove a bad precident. That as the petitioners Lo- 
cality which renders their distance from both our places of 
publick worship considerable is the only Plea enforcing their 
Petition w : ' has any appear^ of weight So even in that Re- 
spect we humbly appreh' 1 they have no reason to complain 
since they have not been nor are like to be at any charge either 
in Building a meeting house or supporting a min r with us. 

Mav it therefore please your Excell" and Hon rs to take the 
Premises under your wise and Impartial Consideration and at 
least to delay the granting of said petition till the circums. of 
the Petit r be so far altered as to give them some Just Reason 
of complaint and your Pet :s shall ever pray. 

Signed In our Name and at our App r at Londonderry this 
26 th day of March. 1754, by 

Samuel Barr ~\ 

John Humphry > Selectmen 

Sam 11 Alison ) 



Petition relating to a military co?npany. 

Province of } To his Excellency Benin Wentworth Esq. 
New Hampshier ) Captain Genarail arid Governor In Chief 
In and over his Majestys Provence of 
New Hampshire 

The humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of West 
part Londonderry In said Province. 

Your Petitioners Mos humbly Sheweth that we have for 
severall years past Intende to Rais a new Compeny In this 
Remot Pairt of this town if your Excellency will Gratifv us 
so fare for the Rasons following to wit : that the nearest of us 
lives more than four and some rive, six,& Seven mills from the 
comon Place of Peraid which is a great fetague to your Pe- 
tishioners and besides severall of your Petitioners did formerly 
Belong to Capt Gregg Compeny of which William Blair is 
Insign whos name is famos all over the contrey for his man- 
agment with Jotham Odihorn Esq Leet of Portsmouth De- 
seased, and notwithstanding of the aforesaid villeny the said 
Blair was Permited to cary the collors last training day In the 



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515 



aforesaid Greggs Company soon after your Petishioners meet 
together and drew this Petishon and chous for our ofesers the 
following persons to wit, Mr Thomas Wallace for our Cap- 
tain, Mr Joseph Senter for our Leftenant, and Mr James Airs 
for Insign. 

Therefore your Petishonars Most humbly prays that your 
Excelency would be Pleased to Grant us Comishons to the 
aforsaid Mishors Wallace Senter and Hers in the aforesaid 
station and Set us of as a new company and we as Loyall sub- 
jects shall Indeavour to serve our King and Contrey to the 
outmost o: our power and your Petishoners as in Duty bound 
shall ever pray. Subscribed at Londondery August the 20 th 
J 754 



William White 
Joseph Willson 
William Willson 
William Houston 
Joseph Willison 
Moses Senter 
Benj* Willson 
Thomas Joans 
Rubuan Senter 
Stephen Spaiden 
Patrick Clark 
Jon. Stewart 
James M Cormack 
William Gallt 
William Stalender 
William Dickey 
John Thompson 
Elise Dickey 
David Houston 
John Clark 
Jo n Senter 
Samuel Thomson 
Andrew Thomson 



Charles Melen 
David M Calester 
James M Calester 
William M 1 Calester 
Jon Craige 
James M Keen 
Samuel M Keen 
Samuel Senter 
Charles M Cay 
James Anderson 
Edward Aiken 
Samuel Dickey 
Jonathan Aiken 
James Tagert 
George Adeson 
William Anderson 
James Anderson 
William Mack 
William Ayers 
John Mack 
Ase Stephens 
William Alexander 



Thanks to the Legislature for an Act relating to taverns. 
To his Excellency Benning Went worth Esq. Captain General 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire, The Honourable his Majes- 
tys Council & House of Representatives. 
We the Subscribers Free Holders & Inhabitants in London- 
derry & Province afore said Humbly beg leave to Return our 
sincere & Hearty Thanks for the Late Gracious Act in which 
it is Stipulated that Londonderry aforesaid shall have no more 
Than three Taverns & Two Retailers for the present and four 
ensuing years & we had rather the number was diminished 
than Increased. 

Londonderry Sept r 26 th Annoque Domini 1758. 






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Matthew Thornton 
William Wallace 
William Cox 
Charles Cox 
John M'-Artney 
William Cochran 
John Cochran 
Petter Cochran 
Robert Cochran 
Vincan Cochran 
Jon Wallace 
Nathaniel Aiken 
Hug. Young 
Randel Alexander 
James Anderson 
David Anderson 
Samuel Moore 
Alex r M-Nutt 
Thomas Grierr 
John Durham 
Robert Moore . 
John Hopkin 
Thomas Wilson 
James Willson 
James Willson 
Mo 3 Barnett 
James Aiken 
Samuell Miller 
John Barnett 
Robart Barnett 
Samuel Allison 
Sam 11 Allison Tr 
David Steel 
Thomas Creage 
David Craige 
Samuel Morrison 



Mathew Taylor 
John Hogg 
John Mitchel 
Samuel Rankin 
James Paul 
Will"' Rankin 
John Steel 
Samuel Steel 
Jn u Wiear 
John M Keen 
Ephraim Marsh 
James Thomson 
Hugh Thomson 
William Humphre 
William Orr 
John Moor 
Hugh Mungomery 
David Mountgomery 
Robert Morrison 
Robert Macmurphy 
Sam H Houston 
James Houston 
Daniel Leslie 
Robert Patterson 
Will" 1 Eayrs 
John Moor 
Robert Moor 
James Caldwell 
Patrick Douglass 
Alex r Renken 
Daniel M Duffie 
Robert Adams 
Ja* M c Gregore 
John Taylor 
William Taylor 



Petition of Inhabitants of Lo?ido?iderry, 1759, for discon- 
tinuance of a highway. 
To His Excellency Benning YVentworth Esq Captain General 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire, The Honourable his Majes- 
tys Council & House of Representatives in Generall As- 
sembly Conven'd. 

The Humble Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants of Lon- 
donderry & Province afores' 1 Humbly Shews, 

That in or about the year 1746 the Selectmen of London- 
derry afore s d Laid out a Highway Lengthways thro the land 
belonging to one Joseph Boyes of the Town 8c Province afore- 
said which Lands is the farm on which the said Boyes then did 
& now dwells which Highway is within eight or nine rods of 



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the Line of said Farm the whole or near the whole length, & 
In Oct r 13 th 174S, The selectmen of Londonderry afor's d at 
the request of s* 1 Boyes Laid out a Highway on the same Tract 
of Land the whole Length of the afores d line & the Highway 
Laid out on the line in all respects accommodates the Publick 
as well, & said Boyes much better then the first as may appear 
by the Plan of both herewith Exhibited & there is little or no 
work Dun on the first road. 

Therefore your Petitioners humbly pray that the first Laid 
out Highway may be Disannulled ; & the latter established or 
otherwise as in your great Wisdom you think best & your Peti- 
tioners as in duty bound will ever pray. 

Londonderry Oct" 2i il A D. 1759. 



Samuel Barr. 
John Cochran 
William Dui.ca.ni 
Joseph Hogg 
James Aiken 
Thomas Hylands 
John Reid 
John Duncan 
John Duncan 
Jame= Co.jhran 
Neall Taggurt 
John Taggar!; 
Joseph Cochran 
Samuel Moore 
John Aiken 
Jon Walks ce 
Andr Todd 
James Todd 
Robert Logan 
John Croinbie, Jr 
John Crucabie 
Robt Clark 
Will. Clark 
Tho. Wiilson 
James Ramsey 
Hugh Ramsey- 
John Ramsey 
Samuel Fisher 
James Anderson 
Edward Akin 
William Anderson 
John Clarke 
Nathaniel Aiken 
James Aiken 
James Steel 
John Wallace 
William Eayr3 
James Eayers 
John Wallace 
Wilim Ranken 
Joseph Scobev 



Wiilm Duncan 
Samuel Renkin 
Samll Wiilson 
James Wallace 
John Pinkertown 
David Steel 
Patrick Dugles 
Thoa. Barnett 
John Holmes 
Saml Miller 
Ninian Cochran- 
Willm Rogers 
Arthur Boyd 
Robt McNeill 
John Humphry 
Samll Houston 
Daniel McNeill 
James Blair 
Arthur Archibald 
James Gillmor 
Benjamin Wilson 
Jumes Adams 
Robert Adams 
James MacGregore 
James Adams, Jr 
Jonathan Adams 
Mathew Reid 
David Montgomery 
John Moor 
Willm Rogers 
John Hylands 
Moses Watt 
James Nesmith 
John Moor 
William Moores- 
James Boyes 
Samuel Boyes 
Ebenezer Coston 
Adam Dickey 
John Dickey 
Abram Morrison 



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John Morrison 
William Make 
George Duncan 
John Duncan 
John Barnett 
Robert Barnett 
John Barnett Jr. 
James Rogers 
John Bell 
Jame3 Campbell 
James Taggart 
Thomas Taggart 
Willm Wallace 
Thomas Gregg 
Samuell Gregg 
John Patten 
David Anderson 
James Miltemoer 
John MacClorg 
Willm Miltemoer 
Mehen Clark 
Thos. Morison 
Robt Clendinin 
Samuel Steel 



John Mitchel, Jr 
Hugh Jemeson 
Gabriel Barr 
Jno Wiear 
Thomas Wallace 
James Wallace 
Jame3 Doacke 
John Doacke 
Capt John Mitchel 
John Mack 
Robert Mack 
Samuel Dickey 
Adam Dickey 
Edward Aiken 
James Ewins 
Robert Parkson 
Samll Alison 
Saml Alison, Jr 
James Wilson 
Robert Craig 
Hugh Young 
John Gregg 
James Gregg 



In Council Jan 10 th 1760 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon bi9 House. 
Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives Jan? 11 th 1760. This 
New Harnps j petition being read, Ordered That the petitioners be heard 
thereon the third day of the sitting of the Gen 1 Assembly 
next after the first day of March next & that the petitioners at there 
own cost and charge cause James Marrow mentioned In said petition to 
be Served with a copy thereof, and this order of Court Likewise that 
they cause the substance of this petition & this order of court thereon 
to be advertised In the New Hamps r Gazette, three weeks successively, 
that the said Marrow or any other persons whome it may concern may 
appear & Shew cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should 
not be granted 

A. Clarkson, Clerk 
In Council Jan. 11 th 1760. 
Read & Concured. 

Theod. Atkinson, Secry 

NewHam^j^ the House of Representatives March 27 th 1760. 

The partys to the within Petition being fully heard thereon & it ap- 
pearing a reasonable Request, therefore Voted That the prayer thereof 
be granted & that the said Boyes have leave to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly. 

Peter Gilman speaker, Pro Tem 

In Council Eod™ Die, 
Read & Concurred. 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 519 

Petit io?i : for a Law regulating fishing. 
To His Excellency Bening Wentworth Esq. Captain General 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire : The Honourable his Majes- 
tys Council & House of Representatives in General As- 
sembly Conven'd. 

The petition of the Subscribers a committee chosen at a 
Legal Town meeting Holden in Londonderry & Province 
afore's ] J& others Inhabitants of Neighbouring Towns Humbly 
Shews, 

That the Petitioners apprehend the Publick Interest makes 
it necessary To make a Law to regulate the following Articles 
viz : First where as in Merrymac river in the Town of Derry- 
field & Province afore s d there is certain rocks Known bv the 
name of Amuskeeg Falls at which place every Spring there is 
^reat number of Salmon & Shad fish which we believe every 
Inhabitant in the Province afore s d has an equal right to, But 
particular men Takes what they call possession of all the Con- 
venient places to catch said fish 8z either by themselves or 
.agents prevents all others from catching & those possession 
men sells at what prices & when & to whom they please which 
makes Disturbances & Disorders Too many to be here enumer- 
ated. 

Secondly The rivers & Brooks That emtys into Merry- 
mac river are so filled with Mills & Dams that the passage of 
the fish is Intirely obstructed & the Inhabitants especially the 
poorer sort greatly Injured. 

Thirdly, Fishing every day with scenes in Merry-Mac river 
prevents the Increase & in time may Turn the corse of the fish 
from the river : wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray, 

First That every Inhabitant in the Province afore s 1 if they 
please to go to the above s' J falls may fish their Turn & enjoy 
their right peaceably. 

Secondly, That every Impediment on any river or Brook as 
above s d may be removed at the expence of the Builders of s d 
Impediment so that the fish may have free corse to the heads 
of s d rivers & Brooks. 

Thirdly, That no persons be allowed to fish more than three 
days in the week with Sienes in Merrymac river within the 
Province afore s d In case Massachusetts Bay makes the same 
■ Law-or Otherwise In any or all the AboveV Articles as in 
_your Great Wisdom you Judge most for the Publick Good & 
_your Petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray 

And 1 " Todd 

Samuel Barr J- Comittee 

Matthew Thornton 

Londonderry December 
22 d A D. 1759. 



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Chester. 



Eben r Flagg 
John Webster 



Sam 1 Emerson 
Samuel Hills. 



Francis Barnet 
John Little 
John Wallace 
James Little 
William Holms 
William Barnett 
Hugh Riddle 
Matthew Little 



Bedford. 



John Quig 

James Lyons 
John M c AHester 
James Patterson 
James Kennedy 
Robert Walker 
John Bell Jr 
Samuel Patten. 

Windham. 

William Smiley") 

John Davidson \ Selectmen 

Joseph Park J 

In Council Jan. 10 th 1760. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon bIe Assembly. 
Theodore Atkinson Secry. 

Province of \ In the house of Representatives, Jan 11 th 1760. Or- 
New Hampshir f dered That ihe petitioners be heard thereon the sec- 
ond day of the sitting of the Gen 1 Assembly next 
after the first Day of March next OC thai they cause the Substance of 
this petition & this order of court to be advertised In the New Hamps r 
Gazette three weeks successively that those persons whom it may Con- 
cern may appear & shew cause if any they have why the prayer thereof 
should not be Grant'd 

A. Ciarkson, Clerk. 
In Council Jan. 11, 1760. 

read & Concurrd. 

Thecd. Atkinson, Secry. 

Province of ") In the house of Representatives May i6 ih 1760 This 
New Hampshire /petition being read the parties appeared by them- 
selves ,$: their attorneys & after being fully heard 
thereon, Resolved, That the prayer thereof be so far granted as that 
no person shall be on the rocks at x\mmuskeege fall from Sunsett Sat- 
urday evening untill Monday next at noon — one evidence to convict 
them before a justice of peace & his determination to be final that all 
obstructions on the rivers 6c brooks therein mentioned be so far Re- 
moved that the fish may have free course to the heads thereof that no 
sceins be used In said River only on Monday, Wednesday & Fryday, &.. 
further Resolved that no manner of Acts or Instruments shall be used 
to distroy take or stop any of the young Salmon or Shad In said Rivers 
or Brooks on the penaltys in a bill for that purpose to be prepared bjr 
the petitioners accordingly 

A. Ciarkson, clerk 

In Council, Eod™ Die, 
read & Concurrd 

Theod. Atkinson, Secry. 



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TOWN PAPERS— LONDONDERRY. 52 1 

Petition relating to fish in Merrimack river. 
Province of I To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr 
New Hamp. J Governor &c And to the Honourable his Maj- 
esr.ys Council and House of Representatives 
for said Province. 
The petition of us the Subscribers being Inhabitants of 
Londonderry, Chester, Derryfield, Bedford, Goffestown, 
Starkstovvn, Pembrook, Pennykook &° who are commonly 
supplyed with Fish catched at the Falls in Merrimack River 
Most Humbly sheweth 

That whereas there hath been a Petition prefer'd to this 
Honourable Court to Restrain the fishing at the Falis in said 
River three days in each week as the fishing with Seanes is 
Restrained by an act lately passed In Answer to said petition 
we pray that the fishing at the Falls in said River may not be 
restrained in any measure but that the same may remain free as it 
hath been hitherto, we being of opinion that the fishing with scoop 
or dip nets does not in any measure hurt or hinder the Increase 
of fish so but that they may be always plenty as they have ever 
been untill the fishing with Seanes as long Experience Suffi- 
ciently Evidences for the fish in said River were always ob- 
served to Decrease as the number of seanes Increased and 
provided nothing might be suffered to hinder or destroy the 
Fry or young-fish coming down the River Provided also that 
the catching Salmon from and after the first of July to the end 
of the year were wholy stoped and that two or more persons 
be chosen and Sworn in each town joyning on the River an- 
nually to see that the Laws Relating to fishing be duly ob- 
served not only within the towns where they are chose Re- 
spectively but any where on said River and the lesser Rivers 
that Run into the same — Wherefore your petitioners pray that 
their said fishing at the Falls may not be Restrained and your 
Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. 
July I3 rh 1764. 

Ebenezer Coston Robert Walker 

Thomas Wallace Francis Barnet 

his Ebenezer Johnson 

Matthew X McDoffee Jaa Caldwell 

mark Math Little 

William Whites Jr John Moor 

John Clagston John Moor Jr. 

RobtMcNight - James Aiken 

John Kidder David ? 

William Holms Mathw Patten 

Joseph Houston James Vose 

Thomas Murrough Joseph McCartney 

James Patterson William Barnet 

John Dinsmoor Richard McAlUter 

John Bell Samll Richards 



532 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Benj. Smith 
James Moore 
William Nutt 
Robert Gillmore 
Ebenezer Hacket 
Enoch Pago 
Daniel Moor 
David Moor 
Thoa McLaughlin 
Silas Walker 
Benjamin Davis 



Thoma8 Coffrin 
Andrew Bunten 
John Coffin 
William Cochran 
Samuel Gait 
James Gay 
Jame3 Cot'rin Jr 
Stephen Svvett 
John McDaniel 
David Mc Vilas ter 
Robert McDaniel 
Willeam Merten 
James Merten 
James Mor 
Janu-3 Cochran Jr 
James Cochran 
Joseph Cochran 
William Snow 
Habard Steand 
James Lukes 
Daniel Lukes 
James Russ 
Gain Hemphil 
James Moor 
Samuel Connor 
Jacob Fowler 
Timothy Knox 
Thomas Welch 
Starlen Sargent 
John Clark 
Benj a Noyes 
William Brown 
Patrick Gait 
Benjamin Ginkes 
Samuel Smith 
Isaac Whit 
Nemiah Denel 
Thomas Sanckler 
Jacob Gay 
Daniel Frezer 
Daniel Knox 
Joseph Brown 
Samuel Mcfee 
Samuel Brown 



Pr Order, 



William McDougall 
Joseph Thomas 
Robert Mack 
Jno Little 

his 
Alexr X Orr 

mark 
James Smith 
Nathanel Petterson 
David McCleary 
Joshua Martin 

JAUES CAXDWELL- 

Asa Foster 
Timo Clement 
Isaac George 
Archd McDuffle 
Henry Stevens 
Willm Robertson 
Daniel Merten 
James McCaley 
John Stark 
Samuel Si ark 
Alexander McCaley 
Edward Bery 
John Kay 
Georg Whell 
John Lenaud 
John Siasclir 
John Fife 
James Fife 
John Fife, Jr 
Willm Fife 
Ephraim Blunt 
David Conner 
James Man 
Samuel Man 
S. Jonathan 
John McConnel 
Thomas McConnal 
William Moor 
James Moor 
Andrew McAlaster 
James Hoobard 
James Garven 
John White 
Abraham Merrel 
Samuel Alexander 
John Keneday 
Robt Keneday 
Thomas Merrel 
John Merrel Jr 
Thoa. Robertson 
Joseph Baker 
Willm Robertson 
Andw Robertson 
Ebenezer Frie 






TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 



523 



Levi Carter 
Joseph Baker Jr 
John Moor 
Joshua Tyler 
Lovewel Baker 
Thomas Baker 
Steven McConell 
Samuel McConell 
Patrick Garven 
John Moor Jr 
Robert Moor 
James Cunningham 
Frances Dogan 
Moses Conell 
Willm Knox 
Wi 11m Man 
Willm Moor 
Daniel Moor 
Francis McCay 
Moses Garven 
Samul Garven 
John Garven 
Bartholemy Stephana 
John Man 
John Man Jr 
Thomas Kenady 
Robert Kena iy 
Joseph Kenady 
Joseph Kenady Jr 
George Adeson 
Samuel Kennady 
Paul Burbeen 
Samll Noyes 
John McNeal 
John Taggart 
John McCurdy 
Aron Wells 
Mathw Flood 
Jacob Caley 
Jeremiah Brown 
Daniel Merten 
Asa Puduey 
Joseph Pudney 
David Pope 
John Pudney 
Benja Hedly 
David Rowel 
Daniel Macurdy 
Moses Wells 
Joseph Ordway 
Elezer Wells 
John Ardway 
Job Rowel 
Andrew Stone 
John Miliir 
Samuel Rodgers 
Mark Flood 



Salvenis Emery 
John Mearill 
Caleb Emery 
Hendre Pudne 
Ebenezer Merten 
Elezer Emerson 
Francis Farr 
Ephraim Foster 
Joseph Rodgers 
Antonie Emanuel 
Randal Alexander 
Robt Miler 
James Macurdy 
Willm Stark 
Thomas Jemeson 
Alexr Jerneson 
John Copey ? 
Alexr Walker 
Job. Kider 
Benj. Norris 
Richd Bartlet 
Asa Foster 
Moses McConnal 
Willn Folinton 
Sia Alen 
Moses Conner 
Samuel Welch 
Jonathan Merten 
Elesr Alen 
Punphret Whithous 
Solomon Whithous 
Daniel Eacens 
Andrew Smith 
Thomas Sinklir 
Jeremiah Morgan 
Charles McCoy 
Francis McCuchran 
Daved Conner 
David Conner, Jr 
John Cofl'ran, Jr 
Thomas Smith 
Alexander McClintok 
Hugh Crombie 
John Heren 
Jeames Horner 
Daniel McNeal 
William Pirham 
William Pirham jun, 
Eleazer Robbins 
John Pirham 
Micheal McClinto 
Nathanel Blasdell 
John Sargent 
Thomas Flagg 
Moses Underhill 
Hugh McAffee 
David White 






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Samuel Aiken 

Willi." rn Aiken 

James Aiken 

David Watherspoones 

Robert Craig 

Robert McKinley 

Thomas Dinsmoor 

Andrew Crage 

James Croset 

Benjn Croset 

Peter Aiken 

William McClinto 

Ephraim Robbins 

Samuel Boyd 

Ephraim Robbina 

Adam Wills on 

Robert Calf 

John Paton 

WilliAni White 

Mose3 Sergant 

John Miles 

Robt Paton 

Jesse McFarland 

John Brown 

Joseph Calfe 

Thomas Coburn 

Nathaniel Boyd 

Jolm McClinto 

Jonathan Chamberling, Jr 

Jonathan Chamberiing 

Georg Person 

Wiilm Hall 

Alexander Watherspoon 

Thomas Karr Jr 

George Duncan 

John Duncan 

James Todd 

Isack Bruster 

James Donaldson 

Josiah Duncan 

Alexander Todd 

Jame3 Rodger3 

John Cate 

Joseph Oughterson 

Thomas Newman 

Nathanel Heriman 

James Campbell 

Eleazer Coston 

John Cochran 

James Campbell Jr 

Parich Richesoa 

John Bell 

Caleb Dolton 



John Rodgers 
Samuel Bell 
Robert M'Cluer 
Robert Davison 
Joseph Bell 
Thomas Milar 
James Peirs 
James McGregore 
Henry Blaisdell 
Robert Moreson 
James Aiken 
Robert Moor 
William Belley ? 
Samuel Cochran 
Robert Willson 
William Moor 
Robert Macmurphy 
William Eayrs 
John Oughterson 
James Gregg 
William Gregg 
Benja Nesmith 
Nathl Aiken 
Robert Hunter 
Joseph Gregg 
William Boyd 
Robert Rogers 
John Willson 
James Oughterson 
Jonathan Merel 
Abram Merel 
James Miltmbr 
D.'vVid Mountgumery 
Isack Cochran 
John Craig 
Robert Craig 
John Senter 
Moses Senter 
James Gregg 
John Thompson 
Samuel Moor 
Samuel Senter 
David Anderson 
David Campbell 
Samuel Renkin 
John Gregg 
John Night 
James Cochran 
John Mack 
William Anderson 
Steven Coburn 
Steven Jonston 



TOWN PAPERS — LONDONDERRY. 



525 



Petition about irregular proceedings in town meeting. 
To the honourable the Representatives of the province of ' 
New Hampshire in New England in General Assembly to 
be Conven'd May y- twenty Second AD. 1771 
The humble petition of the Subscribers Freeholders of 
Londonderry and Windham of the province aforesaid Shew- 
eth, 

That your Petitioners are a Great part if not the Majority 
of the Qualified Voters of said Londonderry and Windham 
That your petitioners think they can make it evidently ap- 
pear that in the choice of a Representative Last Tuesday they 
were Treated by the Moderator of said, meeting and his abet- 
tors with manifest and Glaring partiality, that persons were 
admitted by the Governing Party in said Meeting to Vote 
who cou ,d or \vou' i: Not Give suficient Evidence of their Being 
Qualified as the Law Directs, That altho' an express Law of 
the province Provides in case any dispute shou'd arise upon a 
written Vote a Poll if demanded shou'd be the final Decision 
and altho the Moderator did Promise that said poll should Take 
place in case it was Demanded and in consequence of said 
Promise a Number did forbear Voteing by a written vote as 
Thinking it wou'd Be soon enough when it came to the poll 
yet when a dispute did arise upon the determination by the 
written Vote though the Moderator was call'd upon imediately 
and Repeatedly by a great number of the members of the 
meeting agreeable to his promise and to the Law to Bring the 
matter to a final decision By poll yet he did in an arbitrary 
and dispotic manner Refuse the same. 

May it therefore Please your honours to consider and enquire 
in to the case from w cb we think it will evidently appear that 
the matter was not fairly carried and to Give order that London- 
derry and Windham may have another meeting in order to 
have a fair choice and your Petitioners shall ever pray & c & c 
Sign d at Londonderry May y- 16 th 1771. 

Jno Wiear Jonathan Adams 

Robert Hopkins Samll Houston 

James Adams Willm Duncan 

James Taggart John Taylor 

James McGregore James MacMurphy 

John Hunter George Duncan, Jr 

Daneal Hunter Adam Taylor 

John Aiken James Paul 

John Bell John Hopkins 

Thomas Taggart John Nesmith 

Robert Adams Robt Hopkins 

John Barnett Saml Morison 

James McKeen William Thorn 

JohnDinsmoor Wilim Cunningham 

Robt McNeill John Waddell 

Thos Craige William Dinsmoor 



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Robert Dinsmoor 
John Cochran 
James Cochran 
John Tuft 
James Jameson 
Thomas Jameson 
Isaac Cochran 
Robert Park 
Alexr Park 
Jno Morison 
James Hopkins 
Jno Stewart 
Charle3 Anis 
Gain Armour 
Andrew Armour 
Joseph Smith 
Robert Smith 
James Gait 
John Cochran Jr 
John Wilson, Jr 
Alexr Wilson 
John Kile 
William Gregg, Jr. 
Willm Gregg 
Hugh Graham 
Hugh Graham jun< 
James Anderson, Jr 
John Clark 
John Armstrong 
John Armstrong, Jr 
David Armstrong 
Saml Wilson 
Robert Hemphill 
Nathl Hemphill 
Nathl Hemphill jun. 
George Gregg 
Samuel Campbell 
Samuel McAdams 
Andrew Todd 
Isaac Brewster 
Thomas Smith 
Hugh Smith 
John Smith 
John Campbell 
James Adams 
Nathl Aiken 
David Campbell 
John Montgomery 
. John Creeag 
Robert Mack 
James Gregg 
John VTood'nurn 
James Anderson 
John Pinkerton 
Archibd McMurphy 
Robert Bird 
James Campbell 



Saml Graham 
S:iml Fisher 
David Oughfcerson 
Joseph Oughterson 
James Anderson 3d 
Wm Anderson 
John Duncan 3d 
Saml Anderson 
Robt Anderson 
Jno Anderson 
Moses Graham 
James Andei*son 
Sand Anderson Jr 
John Clark 
John S co bey 
David Pinkerton 
Robt Wallace 
Daniel McAffee 
Jona Gilmore 
Robt Morrison 
Robt Hunter 
Robt Archibald 
Robt McMurphy 
RiChd Duston 
Jno Chase 
Saml E!ey 
Sami Taylor 
Wm Orr 
Jno Carr 
Robt McFerland 
Benole Plumor 
Dani Cheney 
Abra Page 
Stephen Johnson 
Charles Sargent 
Wm Taylor 
Simeon Morrell 
Davd Taylor 
Alexandr Houston 
Jno Wallace 
Jno Boyd 
Isaac Tucker 
Robt Smith 
Saml Rankin 
W r m Rankin 
Arthur Archibald 
Davd Clandinin 
James Wilson 
Jno Hopkins, Jr 
Saml Wilson, Jr 
Geo Clark 
Geo Wdaon 
Saml Clarke 
Jno Caldwell 
James Wilson, Jr 
Wm Miltmer 
James Nesmith tertius 



TOWN PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 



527 



Jno Annis 
Robt Annis 
Saml Marsh 
Thos Clark ' 
Matthew Clarke 
David Anderson 
James Miltemore 
Benja Gregg 
Jno Gregg 
Jarne9 Gregg, Jr 
Isaac Cochran 
Thos Anderson 
Wm Boyd 
James McCormick 
David Paul 
Jao McKene, Jr 
Geo. Read 
Jno McKene 
*R.obt McKene 
Jno Dunkin 
Jno Dunkin, Jr 
Root Wilson 
Joseph Bell 
Jno Dickey 
Matthew Dickey 
Adam Dickay 
James Donaldson 
Robert Burnett 
James Nesmith 
Jno Barnett 
Geo. Dunkin 
James Nesmith 
Jacob Chase 
Hugh Moor 
Joseph Ayer3 
RobtMcClure 
Tho. McClure 
Timo Ayer 
Wm Smith 
Abra Dunkin 
Jno Wiar 
Robt Hopkins 
J;,mes Adams, Jr 
James Taggart 
James McGregore 
Jno Hunter 
Jno Aiken 
Jno Dinsmore 
Jno Bed 
Thos Taggart 
Robt Adams 
Jno Barnett 
James McKene 



Jr 



RobtMeNeal] 
Thos Craig 
Jona Adams 
Saml Houston 
Wm Dunkin 
Jno Taylor 
James McMurphy 
Geo Dunken Jr 
Adam Taylor 
Jarnes Paul 
Jno Hopkins 
Jno Nesmith 
Robt Hopkins, Jr 
Saml Morrison 
Wm Thorn 
Wm Cunningham 
Jno Waddell 
Wm Dinsmore 
Robt Dinsmore 
Jno Cochran 
Jno Tuft 
James Jameson 
Thos Jameson 
Isaac Cochran, Jr 
Robt Park 
Alexr Park 
Jno Morrison 
David Hopkins 
Jno Stuart 
Charles Ann is 
Andrew Armour 
Gain Armor 
Joseph Smith 
Robt Smith, Jr 
James Gait 
John Cochran 
John Wilson, Jr 
Alexr Wilson 
Jno Keille 
Wm Gregg 
Wm Gregg, Jr 
Hugh Graham, Jr 
Hugh Graham 
James Anderson 3d 
Jao Armstrong 
Jno Armstrong, Jr. 
Saml Wilson 
Robert Hemphill 
Kathl Hemphill 
Nath Hemphill, Jr 
George Gregg 
Samuel Campbell 
Saml McAdams 



[Some of the above names appear to be repeated. Ed.] 



528 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

nnce of ] 

lampshire f 
:ingham j 



Province of } December 13 th 1771 In the house of Representa- 
New Hampshire >-tives upon reading the petition within written, Voted, 

Rockingham j that the petitioners at their own cost Serve the select 
men of Londonderry & Matthew Thornton Esq who 
was the moderator of the meeting therein mentioned with a copy of said 
petition and order of the house thereon by Reading the same to them 
Respectively or leaving a copy at their Respective dwelling houses or 
place of abode that they may be heard thereon to shew cause if any they 
have why the prayer thereof should not be granted, on thursday the 
26 th Day of December Instant at Portsm" aforesaid if the General as- 
sembly be then sitting & if not then on the third day of the Assembly 
next sitting after the said 26 th of December. 

William Parker, Clerk Ass m 

Jan? 1, on the hearing dismist. 

■ ' 



Petition of Londonderry West Parish. 
To his Excels John Wentworth Esq. Cap* Gen 1 and Gov r in 
Chief in & over his Majesty's province of New Hampshire, 
And to the honourable his Majestys Council and house of 
Representatives : In General Court assembled. 
The humble memorial and Petition of the western Parish in 
Londonderry and Province aftbresaid Sheweth 

That in the year 1739 your petitioners obtained an Act of 
the Legislature of this province setting off by certain bounds 
therein specified a parish in the Western side of Londonderry. 
That a number of people in each Parish, unwilling to join 
with or be of the Parish in which they were situated and 
pleading Conscience & Liberty it was provided in said Act that 
fourty Familys within' the eastern side of the Town should 
have Liberty to Incorporate with and be of the western par- 
ish, and that an equal number within the Bounds of the western 
Parish should have the same liberty. That by the means of 
these vicissitudes to which in a long space of Time humane 
Affairs are liable some of the exempted fourty Familys or their 
posterity have by the transferring of property come to be liable 
(as is alledged by some) to pay those ministers to whom they 
never stood in any special Relation whose ministry they can- 
not in conscience attend ; and who have the very same Plea 
with the mentioned fourty Familys exempted in the parish act 
as above said, That altho your petitioners have never taken 
any advantage of the circumstances of such Persons as judging 
that to do so would be contrary to the Principle of Liberty on 
which the above mentioned exemption in the parish Act is found- 
ed ; yet the Eastern Parish cannot say so ; they have (especially 
of late) shewed a great avidity to avail themselves of such ad- 
vantages. They have rated a considerable number and made 
distress upon some who always belonged to the Parish of your 



TOWN' PAPERS LONDONDERRY. 529 

Petitioners, some of those rated are of the exempted fourty 
Familys and have been born under the present Ministry inso- 
much that the Letter of the Parish Act is made use of by our 
Neighbours in such a sense as to destroy the true spirit and In- 
tention of the said act. and also to rob people of the liberty 
granted in religios matters by a gratious King and by the law's 
of this province. 

That there is often a wider difference between Presbvterians 
and Presbyterians than there is between Presbvterians and 
Congregationals or between Presbyterians and Episcopals as 
such — Two persons may both of them be nomenallv Presby- 
terians and yet may differ in some of the most important Doc- 
trines of Religion whereas Presbyterians and Congregationals 
or Presbyterians and Episcopals as such differ only in things 
of a comparatively lesser Nature. That if the Law provides 
for people in the latter of these Cases where the ground of 
dissent is Lesser, much more ought it to provide in the former 
case where the ground of dissent is greater. 

That as the two congregations in Londonderry are nearly 
Equal : As the people of the two Societys are living promis- 
cuous all over the Town : as the meeting houses are about 
equaly well situated for the accommodation of the Town in 
general And Finaly as the difference in religious matters be- 
tween the two societys is of long standing and in the Juda: of 
your petitioners wide and of great Importance, your petition- 
ers are humbly of opinion that the Thing and the only Thing 
that will Establish Peace and good Neighbourhood between 
the two societys and prevent expensive Prosecutions in the 
Executive courts will be an act of Assembly appointing that 
every person in Londonderry should support the Gospel in 
that Congreg n only where he constantly & conscientiously at- 
tends — such an act (your peti 1 ' 6 are fully persuaded) as it is 
most equitable in it self so it will be the most likely means to 
calm the spirits of people many of whom are at present much 
exasperated by apprehended Imposition This will be the most 
likely to keep the two societys nearly upon a levell ; And 
to conclude this will make every Individual in the Town a 
volunteer in the support of the Gospel 

May it therefore please your Excelly & Hon rs to take this 
weighty affair which so nearly concerns the peace and happi- 
ness of this large town under your wise and impartial Con- 
sideration : And under proper limitations to enact that every 
person shall be obliged to support the Gospel in that Congr n 
only to which he conscientiously adheres : and where he ordi- 
narily attends, and your peti r * shall ever pray. 

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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Signed at Lon rv this 15 th day of May 1773. 

John Hunter 
John M Keen 
Sam 1 ' Fisher 
Tames Paul 
George Duncan Jr 
James M' Gregore 
„ Will- 1 Duncan 

Province ofl In the House of Representatives May iS tb 1773, upon 
New Hamp J reading this petition, Voted that the petitioners Serve the 
selectmen or assessors of the first parish or as it is called 
in this petition the Eastern parish with a copv of this Petition in this 
manner : by reading the same to the majority & leaving the copv with 
one of them and that the parties may be heard thereon on the" third 
day of the sitting of the general assembly after the 151'- dav of June 
either by prorogation or adjournment if either should happen in the 
mean time : sent up 



In Council Eodem die 
Read and concurred 

Geo. King, D. Secry 



William Parker, Cler. 



Petition of Inhabitants of Londonderry, 1773. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq Capt General Gov- 
ernor & Commander in chief in & over his Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire & vice admiral of the same & c 
The Honourable His Majestys Council & House of Repre- 
sentatives in general Assembly Convened. 
The subscribers inhabitants in the East & West Parishes in 
Londonderry in s' Province humbly shews, That in the year 
A. D. 1739. said Londonderry, by an act of the Legislature 
of s ; Province was divided into two grants called the East & 
west Parishes, with liberty for a number not exceeding forty 
Families in Each Parrish to Poll to the other the forty families 
in the east that PolFd to the west by the assistance of those 
in the west that lived near the East line of said Parrish ob- 
tained a vote to Build & did build a meeting house for said 
Parrish near the east line thereof when s' 1 Parish then had a 
meeting house near the center newly Built & is now Rotten 
for want of use as the number of Inhabitants in the west Par- 
rish increase the forty families in the East that Polled to the 
West multiply & now are near (if not above) seventy families 
& by the abovesaid assistance have from the time of passing 
s d act to this day obliged all the rest of s 1 West Parish to travil 
to the meeting house near the east line except a few days in 
great condescention thev lately have had preaching in a third 
New meeting House Built by said West Parrish near the cen- 
ter which must suffer the fate of their first in case their minis- 



TOWN PAPERS — LONDONDERRY. . 531 

ter continues to live near, the center of the east Parrish & all 
that Proceed from the forty families in the east that Poll'd to 
the west be the number ever so great belong to & vote with 
the west Parrish as they yet have done which two causes in 
our opinion begun the Ram of contention in Londonderry & 
as they have they will keep it alive while they continue when 
we are Distinct Parrishes without Pollers & not till then Lon- 
donderry may reasonably expect peace take the cause & the 
effect will cease : relative to a petition lately Exhibited to your 
Excellency & Honours by a committee from the West Parish 
& now under your consideration Shewing first the great dif- 
ference between Presbyterians & Presbyterians: 2 diy the pro- 
miscuous situation of the Parishioners of - each Parrish. 3 ly 
the great difference in opinion between the people of the two 
Parrishes in the Important Doctrines of the Gospel. 4 :y that 
The meeting Houses are Equally well situated to accommo- 
date the people of each Parrish ; Finally praying for what 
they call by the name of liberty for each Individual to joine 
where he or they Please & pay where they joine. 

We answer first as to the great difference between Presby- 
terians & Presbyterians, we take it to be a Theological Dis- 
tinction when there is no difference; that there is a wide dif- 
ference between Real & nominal Presbyterians we are very 
sensible & leave it to the Impartial which they will call the 
first. 

Secondly that the Parishioners are Promiscuously situated 
is true which is owing to the forty pollers & their ofspring : 3 d 
if there is that great difference in opinion set forth in said pe- 
tition between the People of the two parrishes respecting the 
Important doctrines of the Gospel it must be in the minds only 
or some private disputes between enthusiasticks unless they call 
disputes about the Irregular conduct of some members of 
Presbvterys Important Doctrines of the gospel. 

4 thly If by the Meeting Houses in each Parrish being 
equally well situated to accommodate the inhabitants they 
mean the new meeting House in the East Parrish and the last 
built meeting House in the west it is true But if they mean the 
meeting house in the west Parrish near the east line where the 
Publick Worship now is & has been ever since they were a 
Parrish (Except as above excepted) we leave it to your Ex- 
cellency & Honours how well the inhabitants of the west Par- • 
ish are accommodated & what Justice is done them in Gen- 
eral ; Finally the Liberty prayed for in said petition if granted 
we humbly apprehend will be productive of greater evils than 
the Polling act Because in that case in all future time that 
Parrish which has. the most Popular Preacher who is not the 
wisest man the best scholar nor the best christian will leave 



53 2 N|W HAMPSHIRE 

the other Parish unable to support the Gospel & we dont de- 
sire to give or take such unjust advantage it is evident that 
every Individual of mankind in our present state cS: circum- 
stances are not to be free in every respect, Because that would 
destroy the publick good. In all Bodys Politick Individuals 
give up part of their Liberty & Properties to the Publick to 
secure the remainder. In all societies Religious civil or Polit- 
ical Individuals are to enjoy private liberty &. property as far 
as is consistant with the good of the communitv of which 
they are a part & no further, from which it is evident that 
whatsoever liberty one of any number desire or pray for incon- 
sistant with the good of the community of which they are a 
part, should be refused 

And as the prayer of their Petition is evidently calculated 
to destroy the future peace and good order of both the above 
s d p arr i s hes in Londonderry, Therefore your Petitioners Hum- 
bly pray first that the prayers of said Petition may not be 
granted. 2 d * y that the present dividing line between the two 
Parrishes in said Londonderry may be examined by a com- 
mittee appointed by your Excellency & honours and if Just, 
established & if not that s d committee may fix it so as to doe 
Equal Justice to both Parrishes. 

And that an act may be made that will oblige Everv Indi- 
vidual Presbyterian in all future time to pay his proportion 
according to law of the Ministers Salary in the Parrish where 
he dwells & Joine & Worship where he or they please which 
we believe would produce peace & good agreement between 
the Inhabitants of both Parrishes in general or reduce the 
forty pollers to their primitive number & fix it so that they 
never shall exceed that number & impower the west Parish to 
meet for Publick w T orship where it will be most Just & Con- 
venient for the Inhabitants of s d Parish for the future the latter 
will better our circumstances, the first will cause our distruc- 
tions. 

But we humbly submit all to your Excellency & Honours 
& as in duty bound will ever pray &° 

Matthew Thornton James Ramsey 

Samuel Anderson James Ramsey 

Samuel Anderson Jr William Ramsey 

James Eayrs 

Londonderry May 27, AD. 1773. 

In Council Jan. 13, 1774. 

Read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble Assembly. 
Geo. Kins?, D. Secrv. 



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TOWN PAPERS LYME. 



533 



Agreement of Committees. 

Whereas there is a Petition Exhibited to His Excellency 
John Wentworth Esq Captain General, Governour & Com- 
mander in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire &■'■ The Honourable HisMajestys Council & House 
of Representatives in General Assembly Conven'd signed by 
a committee appointed by the New parish in Londonderry in 
said Province praying for the Redress of Certain greevances 
mentioned in said petition, It is mutualy agreed Between s d 
Committee & a committee from the old or first Parish in said 
Londonderry as follows, viz : 

First that all the Rev'd M r David M Gregors Hearers that 
are rated by s' 1 old Parish shall be erased out of their list for 
the last tax Sz all former taxes not already paid, 

2'"' That the ministers Salary (viz Eighty pounds Each pr 
annum) shall be raised on the whole Inhabitants of Both Par- 
ishes that are obliged by law to pay to either of s cl ministers 
by Pole & estate & each Parish shall Levie the money of their 
respective hearers by their own collectors. 

3 ,,1: '' That this agreement shall continue between s l! par- 
ishes untill the death or incapacity of the Rev d Mr David 
M'Gregore or the Rev' 1 Mr William Davidson or for the space 
of three years from this date. 

Dated at Portsmouth. Jan. 15^ A. D. 1774. 
Signed pr 

Matthew Thornton "J Committee 
Samuel Barr [■ for the 

Rotr Clark J old parish 

James MacGxegore *] 
George Duncan Jr Committee 
Will-" Duncan V for the 

Samuel Fisher new parish 

James Paul 



LYME. 

[Lyme was granted by charter, July 8, 1761. Settlements began in 
May, 1764, by emigrants from Connecticut. Ed.] 

Petition for a ferry. 
Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. 



New Hampshire 



Captain General and Commander in 
chief in and over his Majesty's Province 



of New Hampshire In Council. 

The petition of Ebenezer Green of Thetford in the County 



. 



534 NEU ' HAMPSHIRE 

of Gloucester in the Province of New York, humbly sheweth, 
That there never has been any ferry by law established across 
Connecticut River in Lime in the County of Grafton & that 
of necessity for the Benefit of Travellers and others, your pe- 
titioner has been at Considerable Cost and Trouble in provid- 
ing Boats & : for the Benefit of Travel and that it will much 
serve the Publick to have a ferry established in said Lime at or 
near the place where your Petitioner has erected a House for 
the purpose of Calcining Potash, whereupon your petitioner 
humbly prays your Excellency to grant him the Privilege of 
a ferry ats ; Place under usual Restrictions and Regulations 
and as in duty Bound shall ever pray. 

Eben' Green. 
Portsmouth May 27, 1772. 



Petition for a Jialf-shirc Town. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Captain General 
Governor and Commander in chief in and over his Majestys 
Province of Xew Hampshire. The Honorable his majestys 
Council and House of Representatives in General Assembly 
conven'd, Jan r; ' 1773. 

The petition of the Inhabitants of the Towns of Lime & 
Orford in y e county of Grafton by their agents, Alexander 
Phelps Sc Israel Moray, humbly sheweth that the number of 
Families, living south of y e Town of Haverhill in v e County 
of Grafton are in proportion to the number living Northward 
of said Haverhill as fifteen to one all which except about 
twenty Families living in Piermont must pass through a cor- 
ner of Orford in travelling to Haverhill, that no Inhabitant 
living Southerly of a direct line drawn from the northern most 
extent of Campton which is proposed to be annexed to said 
County to the Northemost extent of Orford can travel to Ha- 
verhill but by traveling eight miles further than to go to Orford 
or Lime ; that much the greater part of them must travel thirty 
miles further to go to Haverhill than to Lyme and near 
twenty further than to go to Orford. That there are now in 
Lebanon the Southwestmost Town in said County at least 
fifteen Families more than inhabit in said County Northward 
of Llaverhill, that the Increase of seders southward of Haver- 
hill has hitherto been and is still likely to be proportionably 

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greater than the Increase of setlers North of said Haverhill 
as the present Inhabitants below are in Number greater than 
above. That from the southermost part of the County it is 
full fifty miles to Haverhill so that there can i.ever be Room 
for a new County between Haverhill and the southwa rd extent 



TOWN PAPERS — LYNDEBOROUGH 535 

of said County, that the northerly & Southerly extent of said 
county is not less than one Hundred & 40 miles which in regard 
of extent, is full long for two countys and thereupon your pe- 
titioners cannot but suppose s d County will in future Time be 
divided into two Countys as soon as the northern part shall be 
sufficiently inhabited. 

That your petitioners humbly conceive it cant be reasonable 
to alter the place of holding the Courts after it shall be once 
fixed } rt the expence of building Court house, Prison, county, 
Books & c must principally be defray'd by the present inhabit- 
ants That the good of Dartmouth College which we doubt 
not is an object of your excellencys & honors concern will 
much depend on the publick Courts not being held at too 
great a distance 

Whereupon your Petitioners humbly pray that your Excel- 
lency and Honors would be pleased in establishing the half- 
shire Town next Connect! cutt River to take into consideration 
the Reasons and Facts abovementioned which they are ready 
to evince and enact that either the Town of Lime or the Town 
of Orford be the place where half the Courts of Records in 
s d County of Grafton shall be held and as in Duty bound shall 
ever Pray. 

Alex Phelps ) Agents for 
Israel Morey j Lime & Orford. 

Portsmouth Jan. i$ tu 1773. 

Province of! fa Council Jan. 20, 1773. 

New Hamps j J ' " J 

Read and ordered to be sent down to ihe Hon ble Assembly. 
Geo. King D. Secry. 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 

[Formerly Salem-Canada, was granted by Massachusetts and settled 
while under that Province. It was chartered by New Hampshire 23 d 
April 1764. Ed.] 

Petition for protection against Indians. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governour and 

Commander in*' Chief of his Majesty's Province of New 

Harnp 1 * 

The petition of the Inhabitants of Salem-Canada in said 
Province, Humbly- Shews 

That your petitioners live in a place Greatly exposed to the 
Indians and have not men Sufficient for to Defend us, Thattho' 



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53^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

there be but few of us yet we have laid out our estates to begin 
in this place So that we shall be extremely hurt if we must 
now move off for we have there by the Blessing of God on 
our labours a fine crop of corn on the ground and tho' we have 
a Garrison in the Toun Built by Order of May Lovell vet we 
have no body impowered so much as to set a watch amoncr us 
nor men to keep it ; we would therefore pray your Excellency 
that we may have some assistance from the" Government in 
sending us some souldiers to Guard and Defend us as in your 
wisdom you shall think proper. Tho' we are but newly added 
to this Government yet we pray your Excellency not to disre- 
gard us but so to assist us that we may keep our estates and do 
sendee for the government hereafter & your Petitioners as in 
duty Bound shall ever pray. 
Salem-Canada, 
June 26 t; - 1744. 

John Cram, Jr John Dale 

Joseph Cram Jonathan Cram 

Samuell Leman Ephraim Putnam 

John Cram Benjamin Cram 

David Stevenson Abraham Leman 

John Stevenson 



Grant of Salem - Canada, c&c. 
Province of ") Pursuant to the Power and Authority granted and 
New Hamp j vested in me the Subscriber by the prop r * of Land pur- 
chased of John Tufton Mason Esq in the province of 
New Hampshire at their meeting Regularly called for that purpose, 

I do by these presents on "the terms and conditions with the reserva- 
tions herein after Expressed give and grant all the Right title property 
and possessions of the Prop 1 s aforeV 1 according to the following pro- 
portions of Interest (viz*) to Benjamin Lynds Esq. four shares Benja- 
min Pickman Esq three shares Rob* Hooper Esq. one share to the 
Heirs and Assigns of Joseph Sweat Esq. Six shares To Joseph Blaney 
Esq. two shares, Samuel Wells Esq. ten Shares, Daniel Epps, jun. 
Esq. two shares, Major loshua Hicks two Shares, Benjamin Goodhue 
three shares, Thomas Fletcher two shares* Joseph Richardson two 
shares, George Goold two shares, Ephraim Ingalls two shares, and 
to the following persons viz' 

Joseph Bowdage Esq Josiah Bowers 

Stephen Pullman the heirs of James Lendall Esq 

Jonathan Bowers late deceased 

Major John Towle John Bickford 

William Holt Moses Graves 

Oliver Fletcher Esq Timothy Cummings to 

Mrs Hannah Cobbit Joseph Clough 

David Stinson Daniel Nicholls 

Robert Swan and Jonathan Peal 

to which Seventeen one Share each of in and to a tract of land in the 
Province of New Hampshire afore's' 1 containing by Estimation twenty 
eight Thousand Acres, part thereof Heretofore called Salem Canada 



TOWN PAPERS LYNDEBOROUGH. 537 

the whole tract Bounded as follows Begining at the Northeast Corner 
of a tract of land called Duxbury School Farm and in the line of that 
Tract or Township called Souhegun West, from thence riming West 
by the needle one mile two hundred and Eighty rods to the east line 
of a tract of land called Number two, from thence north by the needle four 
hundred and ninety eight Rods to the northeast corner of s' 1 No. two, 
from thence west by the needle by s d N" 2 five miles to a white ash 
marked the corner of Petersborough Slip and of N" 2 and from thence 
west by the needle two hundred and Forty Rods by s' 1 Peterborough 
Slip to a Beach tree marked from thence north by the needle six miles 
& three quarters to a tree marked for the corner of s fl tract from thence 
East by the needle three miles and one quarter to a tree marked in the 
western line of New Boston from thence south by that line one mile 
and an half to the most South westerly corner of New Boston afore s a , 
from thence east by s' 1 New Boston line three miles one Hundred and 
twenty rods to a Black Oak marked Still by said New Boston line & 
run south two miles and an half To a Stump and stones, from thence 
East One mile and Eighty rods to the North west Corner of that tract 
called Souhegun west aforesd, from thence South by the line of said 
Souhegan west four miles one hundred and twenty three rods to the 
Bounds first mentioned, & to all the Bounds aforesd, lett either of the 
lines afores 1 be more or less, which tract of Land or Township shall 
from this time be called Lynde Borough the Premises afores 1 under the 
terms & conditions with the Reservation hereafter Express (that is to 
say) that the grantees afores' 1 according their respective shares except- 
ing as hereafter excepted have twenty one thousand §1 thirty Acres 
part of the afore's' 1 twenty eight thousand acres as the whole of the 
grantees part of the premises in the following manner, viz that each 
of the grantees named in the Schedule hereunto annexed Own and 
Enjoy the severall and Respective lotts to their names Respectively 
affixed as part of their shares. That the following severall Lotts (and 
to be part of the grantees proportion afores' 1 ) be granted as afores 1 
free from duty settlement or taxes in bringing forward or Compieating 
the duty as the conditions of this grant to the severall Persons here- 
after named as follows, To David Badger the Lott N 117, To Francis 
Densmore the Lott N 106 To Bartholomew Jackson Lott N" 100'. To 
John Shead the Lott N 50, To Paul Raymond the Lott N" 99, Which 
Lotts contain by Estimation one Hundred and thirty acres each and 
is part of the second Division formerly laid out in s d tract. To James 
Twadle, in the Right formerly Edward Fladre the home lot called 24 
East, with an addition Round about it of sixty four acres to compleat 
the quantity of one hundred and thirty acres. To Deacon Nathaniel 
Pullman, Peter Martin & George Dealands Heirs to each one Lott to 
be lay'd out in the undivided lands which three lotts are to contain, 
One Hundred and thirty acres each and to Benjamin Lynde as assignee 
to John Dale sen r the home lott N" 21, and One hundred and Twenty 

acres to be layd out in the undivided lands which s d persons in 

their capacity as above shall be Intitled to no further part of y* premises. 
That out of the grantees proportion there be three shares more granted 
One for the first settled minister and one for ministry, and one for the 
schole there forever which said shares shall be and contain the severall 
and respective lotts entered in the schedule hereunto annexed as their 
whole k respective Shares & shall be tree of duty of settlement and all 
taxes in performing the Conditions of this grant. 

To have and to hold to them their Heirs & assigns forever under the 
following conditions with j* Reservations here after mentioned, viz 

That there be reserved out of said Tract, one Farm of Five Hundred 
acres at the South westerly Corner of said Tract and also One Hundred 



538 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



and Fifty acres adjoining on that corner of y" Township that Bounds 
on New Boston West Line & One hundred and fifty acres as discribed 
on y e plan of said Tract 

And that there be further reserv'd to and for y e use of y e grantees 
their Heirs and assigns Free of ail charges & Incumbrance of settle- 
ment or taxes until improved by the owners or by them sold, Six 
thousand & six acres and laid out into nineteen Equal Shares at the 
charge of y> grantees in y. e following manner, viz. That there be in y e 
next best accommodations of y ! undivided Lands three Thousand six 
Hundred & sixty acres laid out for the grantees aforesaid for Quantity 
and Quality with y e Land already laid out in nineteen equal shares as 
aforesaid and that there shall be next laid out in y e said undivided 
lands, so much to each grantee who has not his full proportion, in y 
Lands already laid out, and set in y* Schedule as shall make their 
respective shares equal with the rest. 

And that the remaining part of the Land reserved for the grantors 
aforesaid, being two Thousand Four Hundred acres be Divided for 
Quantity and Quality with the rest of y e comon Lands into Nineteen 
Equal shares. And the remainder of y e comons or undivided Lands 
to be to and for the use of y- grantees as they shall order the Divisions 
thereof. And that where any lands was by the Proprietors claiming 
under the Massachusetts grant formerly left within any lott for High- 
ways the Owners of such lott shall have said Land thus reserv'd allow- 
ing so much as shall be of equal Value out of his part in y next divi- 
sion of y e comons. 

That the respective Grantees, Owners of y* Fifty Shares afores d and who 
are not excused from Duty and charge, bring forward and make settle- 
ment in the following manner viz. That they lay outy e s'' Tract or Town- 
ship and compleat the Division thereof as afore directed at or before 
y e 20 : ' Day of November next ensuing and return a plan thereof certi- 
fied under the Hand of their clerk on oath within two months after 
such work shall becompleated to y clerk of said grantors. 

That y respective Owners for each respective share make one settle- 
ment in the following manner viz. To clear inclose & fit for mowing 
or plowing Two acres on some one Lott and have a comfortable dwell- 
ing House built and fitted for comfortable dwelling in and a Family or 
some Person resident there at or before the first day of december, one 
thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty six and to continue Inhabitant or 
Resident there for Four years then next coming and also for the same 
four years annually on each of y tt said Lotts, to have Two Acres clear'd 
Indorsed and fitted" as aforesaid. That there be a Meeting House for 
Publick Worship in said Township within Five years from this Date 
at such place as shall be agreed on by the proprietors both grantors 
and grantees to be determined according to Interest and Ten acres re- 
served there for publick use notwithstanding such Lott should be laid 
out to any Particular person or persons. That the land in said Town- 
ship belonging to grantors and grantees, be subjected to have all nec- 
essary Highways laid through them as there shall be occasion for the fu- 
ture without any pay or allowance for Damages that the aforesaid grantees 
their Heirs or assigns not heretofore excused from charge by a Major 
Vote in publick Meeting called for that purpose, Grant and assess in 
equal proportion such Sum or sums of money as they shall think nec- 
essary for carrying forward and compleating the settlement aforesaid 
or for the support of the ministry as the Proprietors shall agree to and 
every of the Grantees exclusive of three Publick Lotts or his assignee 
who shall neglect for the space of sixty days after such assessments 
shall be granted to pay the same, so much of such delinquents Rights 
shall and may be sold as will pay their respective Fines and ail charges 



n 



TOWN PAPERS — LYXDEBOROL'GH. 539 

arising thereon by a committee to be appointed by the grantees or their 
assignees for that purpose. 

And in case any of the grantees or their assignees shall neglect or 
refuse to perform any of the Articles, Matters or things aforesaid by 
him respectively to be done He shall forfeit his Right in said Township 
and every part "thereof, to those of the Grantees or their Imediate As- 
signees who shall have comply'd with the conditions on their Part 
herein Expressed and it shall and may be Lawfull for them or any per- 
son by their Authority to enter into <$: upon the Right or part of such De- 
linquent Owner, and any and every part in the Name and behalf of the 
whole of the Grantees or their Imediate Assignees, who shall comply 
as aforesaid to move oust and expell for the use of them their Heirs 
and assigns, provided they settle or cause to be settled each such delin- 
quent Right within the Term of one year at the Farthest from the 
Periods that is by this Instrument Stipulated to be done as the condi- 
tion of this grant, and fully comply with the whole Duty such delin- 
quents ought to have done within "One year from Time to Time after 
the respective Periods thereof, and in case the grantees or their As- 
signees fulfiling their parts as aforesaid shall neglect fullfiling as afore- 
said the Duty of any delinquent Owner as aforesaid then such right or 
part shall be Forfeit revert and belong to the Grantees their Heirs and 
assigns to be wholly at their disposal, allways provided there be no 
Indian Warr with in any of y e terms aforesaid for doing the Duty con- 
ditioned in this grant, and in case that should happen the same Time 
to be allowed for the respective matters afores'd after such Impediment 
shall be removed. That all white pine Trees lit for Masting His Maj- 
esties Royal Navey growing on said Tract of Land be and hereby are 
granted to his Majesty, His heirs and successors forever. Lastly the 
said grantors do promise and engage to y e said grantees their Heirs 
and assigns to defend through the Law, to King & Council if need be 
one action that shall and may be brought against them or any Number 
of them by any person or persons whatever claiming the said Land or 
any part thereof by any other Title than that of the s' 1 grantors, or 
that by which they hold and derive theirs from provided the said grant- 
ors are avouched in to defend the same and that in case on Final Tryall 
the same shall be recovered, against the grantors that such person or 
persons shall recover nothing over against the grantors for the said 
Lands, Improvements or Expence, in bringing forward the settlement. 

To all which Premises I Joseph Blanchard Agent for and in behalf 
of the Proprietors the grantors have hereunto set my Hand and seal 
this fifth day of December A D. 1753. 

Joseph Blanchard. 
Signed, Sealed & DD 

in presence of 

Geo : Delond 
Jn° Bowles 



The aforegoing pages contain a true coppy of the charter signed & 
Executed bv Joseph Blanchard Esq as agent for & in behalf of the 
Propriety of lands purchased of Jn • Tufton Mason Esq in the province 
of New Hampshire delivered unto us the subscribers in behalf of the 
grantees mentioned in this charter. And Whereas we were by the 
afores' 1 grantees Authorized & Impowerd to Setle agree & compound 
concerning the premises in the afore written charter with the s d Joseph 
Blanchard Esq in his capacity above mentioned on such terms & con- 
ditions & with such reservations as by both parties should be agreed 
& concluded— Now therefore we the s' 1 Comittee in the name & behalf 



540 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



of the grantees mentioned in the afore written charter, hereby accept 
s d Title & for s d Grantees do acknowledge that we hold s a Lands under 
the s -! grantor's Title X en the conditions & Limitations with the res- 
ervations express'd in said charter Wittness our hands this 5 lh De- 
cemb r 1753. 

Wittnesses Ben J h Lynde ) 

T T3- , Beni" Picknam > Comtee 

Lowe PicKman 



John Nutting Jr. 



Joshua Hick; 



Schedule to be annexed to Charter made to Benjamin Lynde Esq and 
others of Salem-Canada now called Lvndeboroush. 



Person's Names. 



J No. of home division Lotis. 



& Mr! 



Benjamin Irt^ide Esq. 
Beni. Pickman Esq . . 
Robert Hooper Esq 

S weft's heirs \ 2, 

Joseph Blaney Esq { 3, 

Majr Joshua Hicks.. . 
Benjamin Goodhue. . . 

Thomas Fletcher 

Samuel Wells Esq 

George Gould i 2 

Ephrairu Ingalls 

Daniel Kpes, Jr. Esq 

Capt Joseph Biehardson 

Josiah ti< •'.'. era — ,. 

Joseph Bowditeh Esq 

The Heirs or' James Liudallj 

Esq J 7. 

Stephen Putnam .. 

Jonathan Bovrera I 14 

John Bickford j 16 

Moses Graves 38 

Majr John Towle 1 IS 

Oliver Fletcher Esq | 39 

Hannah Cabot ! 42 

Joseph Clough j 45 

DavH Stimson. . 
Daniel Nichols... 

Robert Swan 

Jonathan Peeie 60. 

Timothv Cumin^s. 

William Holt 

SchoolLott 

Ministry Lott 33. 

First Ministers Lott i 34., 



41, 43, 49. 



2s, 47 

20,53,61 
18,35.... 
54,57.... 

4o 

40,59.... 
51.53.... 
19,31.... 



No. of Second division 
Lotts. 



44, 55, 83, 

53, 60, SO, 

34, 36, 37, 
30,41,54 
52, 97, 102 
48, 60, t.4, 
5 :, 57, 82 
71, 75, 81 
6;), 70, 74 
51,112, 1! 
40, 73, 104 
68, 89, 116 
81 
86, 95 

77,78 
113, 122 
47, 79 



34, 98, 101 
S3, 111 

• [87, 94, 
92, 93, 48, 

, 114 
115, 124, 



9, 12.'' 
, 107 
, 118 



29, 103 

49 108, 



125 



109, 110 

45, 105 



120, 121 
02, 96 

58, 59 
»)8 



35, 61 
31,32 
40, 76 

67, 120 
90, 91 
120, 127 



The foregoing List is the Schedule referred to in the annexed Char- 
ter 

Benj 1 Lvnde 
Benj. Pi' 
Joshua 

[Note. — In the original MS. volume, p. 283, is a survey and plan 
of the abovesaid township. Ed.] 



,ynde \ 
'ickman > 
Hicks J 



com Ue 



T O W X PAPERS MADE L T R V . 



54 ] 



Petition for an Act of Incorporation. 
To Mis Excellency Bening Wentworth Esq Governor and 
commander in chief in and over his majestys Province of 
New Hamp r & the Hon 1 * his Majestys Council 
The petition of a number of Inhabitants of said Province 
Humbly Sheweth that they live on a Tract of land in said 
province Bounded Easterly by .Amherst southerly by Wilton 
Northerly by New Boston and Westerly Near what was called 
Peterborough and that said tract of land is not yet Incorpo- 
rated into a Town & by reason of which they labour under 
many diiricultys. Therefore your petitioners Humbly pray 
that they may be Incorporated into a Body Pollitick and by a 
charter be Invested with the Authority & Priviledges as other 
Towns have & enjoy in this province and y r petitioners as in 
duty Bound shall ever pray. 
June y e 2S c - ; V 



John Stephenson 

Joseph Wilkins 

William Holt 

John Carkin 

Jacob Cram 

Jonathan Cram 

David Cram 

Moses Ordway 

Ephraim Powers 

Moses Steels 

Ephraim Putnam 

Melchisedek Corfee 

David Badger 

Having considered the within Petition I do hereby consent to the In- 
corporation of the s d Town of Lyndeborough & you are hereby directed 
to prepare a charter of Incorporation accordingly 

B. Wentworth 
To M r Secretary Atkinson. 



George Goold 
Robert Badger 
Moses Stiles, Jr 
John Kidder 
Joshua Hodle 
John Ordway 
John Johnston 
Jacob Wellman 
Adam Johnson 
William Carson 
John Hutchason 
Edward Reming Jr 



MADBURY. 



[Formerly a part of Dover; was incorporated 31 May, 1755. Ed.] 

Petition for a Parish. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor & 
commander in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire The Honourable his Majestys Council & House 
of Representatives for said Province in General Assembly 
convened the 10 th day of May 1743. 
The petition of Sundry Persons Inhabitants of the Westerly 






542 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

part of the Town of Dover & the Northerly part of Durham 
in said Province Humbly Shews, That your Petitioners live at 
such a distance from the meeting houses in their Respective 
Towns as makes it difficult for them & their Families to attend 
the Publick Worship there especially in the Winter & spring- 
seasons of the year, which Induc'd a number of your Petition- 
ers some years since at their own cost to Build a meeting 
House situated more conveniently for them where they have 
some times had preaching, in those seasons of the year at their 
own expence tho they were not Exempted from paying their 
proportion at the same time to the standing Minister of the 
Town. 

That the Towns aforesaid are well able as your Petitioners 
apprehend to bear their annual charges without the assistance 
of y r Petitioners and that they might be Incorporated into a 
new Parish whereby they might be accommodated their chil- 
dren & servants (as well as themselves) have more Frequent 
opportunities of attending Public Worship and ail of them 
Reep the advantages of such an Incorporation which consider- 
ing their present circumstances they think would not be a few, 
and the Towns not Injured. 

That your Petitioners conceive a parish might be erected 
with out prejudice to the other part of the Town of Dover by 
the P^ollowin^ boundaries viz. Beginning at the Bridge over 
Johnsons Creek so called, where the dividing Line between 
Dover & Durham Cross the Country Road & from thence run- 
ning as the said Road runs until it comes even with Joseph 
Jenkins his house & from thence to run on a North West Sc 
by North course until it comes to the head of said Township 
which boundaries would comprehend the estates & habitations 
of y" Petitioners living in Dover & the making a parish there 
will greatly contribute to the settling the lands within said 
Boundaries & those that Lay contiguous as well as be very con- 
venient for y r Petitioners. Wherefore they most humbly pray 
that a parish maybe erected & Incorporated by the Bounderies 
aforesaid with the usual powers & Priviledges & that such of 
y r Petition" as live within the Town of Durham may have lib- 
erty to Poll off into the same, or that such a part of the said 
Township may be annexed thereunto which would be the bet- 
ter way as will accommodate the Remote settlers in said Town- 
ship near' the said Boundaries as well as your petitioners or 
that they may be Relieved In such other way & method as this 
Hon- le Court shall see fit, & yo r petitioners as in duty bound 
shall ever pray &° 

Thomas Wille John Huckins 

John Roberts James Jackson 

Samuel Davis Zachriah Pitman 

Samuel Cheslev Ely Demerit 



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TO"\VN PAPERS MADBURY. 



543 



Thomas Bickford 

Daniel M Hame 

Tames Huckins 

Ralph Hall 

William Bussell 

Azariah Boody 

Timothy Moses 

John Demeret 

Zachariah Edgerly 

Joseph Daniel 

Francis Drew- 
Daniel Young 

William Twombly 

Isaac Twombly 

Joseph Evans junr. 

John Evens 

Henry Bickford 

Henary Bussell 

Joseph Hicks 

John Tasker 

Derrv Pitman 

PaufGerrish, Jr 

John Busskell 

Job Demeret' 

David Daniel 

James Chesle 

Reuben Chesle 

Henery Tibbetes 
In the House of Representatives May 13 th 1743. 

The within Petition Read and Voted That the petitioners at their own 
cost serve the select men of the Town of Dover and also the select 
men of the Town of Durham with a coppy of this petition and the 
Vote thereon. That the selectmen of the Respective Towns aforesaid 
may Notifie the said Touns to appoint psons to appear the third day of 
the sitting of the Generall Assembly at their next sessions of Gen' 1 As- 
sembly to shew cause if any why the prayer of the petition may not 
be Granted. 

James Jeifry Cler. Ass m 
Province of ) „ 

New liamp ) ■» ' * TJ 

The above Vote read & concurr'd 

Theod'* Atkinson, Secry 

Eodem Die. Assented to, 

B. Wentvvorth. 



John Foay, Jr 
Solomon Emerson 
Jacob Daniel 
Joseph Rines 
Benjamin Hall 
William Demeret 
William Allen 

his 
Nathiel O Davis 

mark 
Samuel Davis Jr 
Jonathan Hanson 
Robert Evens 
Jonathan Daniel 
William Hill 
Stephen Pinkham 
Beniamen Wille 
John Rowe 
Hercules Moony 
Joseph Twombly 
Abraham Clark 
Joseph Jackson 
James Clemens 
William Dam Jr 
Morres Fowler 
Robart Wille 
Abel Leathers 



Call for a town meeting' in Dover. 
To the Inhabitants of the Town of Dover such as are Legally qualified 
to Vote in Publick Town meeting 

This is to give notice of a publick Town meeting to be hoiden at the 
meeting House at Cocheco in Dover on Monday the nineteenth day of 
this Instant at three of the clock in the after noon to chuse a Constable 
& c And also to hear the Request of the Westerly part of the Town 
called Madburry for Raising Money for the support of the Ministry in 
that part of the Town for six months. 

Tho* Willet 1 
Jn" Winget [ Select 
Dover July io tb 1742. Jos. Roberts f men. 

ElyDemeret J 



544 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Pursuent to the foregoing Notification a publicke Toun meeting was 
holden at the Meeting House at Coehccho in Dover July 19, 1742. And 
Capt Tho" WTHe.t Esq. was chosen Moderator of the s' 1 meeting & c 

And the Request of the Westerly part of the Town for Raising money 
for the support of v e Ministry in that part of the Town for six months 
as mentioned in the above notification was then heard considered & put 
to Vote & it Passed in the Negative. 

A true copv attested, 

Pr. Paul Gerrish, 

Dover May 5 th 1743. Town Clerk. 

. ! 

Bounds of the West end of Dover. 

These may certify That the Bounds the Inhabitants of the West End 
of Dover petitioned might be the bounds oi a parish and Petitioned for 
is as follows viz. 

Beginning at the Bridge over Johnsons Creek so called where the di- 
viding Line between Dover & Durham crosses the Country road & from 
thence running as the s' 1 road runs until it comes even with Joseph 
Jenkins his house & from thence to run on a north West & by North 
course until it comes to the head of the s< Township which Boundarys 
would comprehend the estates & Inhabitants of your Petitioners Living 
in Dover ic the making a parish there will & c &' 

A copy of the Bounds mentioned in the above Petition 

Attested Pr. Theodore Atkinson. 



The Petitioners for a Parish in Madbury & what they pa 
<743- 

Thomas Willey 
John Rober 



Samuel Davis 16 2 

Paul Gerrish 

Samuel Chesley 

James Chesley 

James Jackson 

John Huckins 

Job Demerett 

JohnTasker 1 3 2 

David Daniel 16 11 

Zachariah Pitman 15 o 

Solomon Emerson 

Joseph Hicks 

James Huckins 

Azariah Boody 

Daniel Meserve 

Francis Drew 

Thomas Bickford 

Ralph Hall 

John Fov Jr 

Henry tebbets 

Dery Pitman 

John Bussell 

William Bussell 

William Demerett 

Eli Demerett, Jr 



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TOWN PAPERS — MADBtrRY. 



545 



Joseph Rines 
Jacob Daniel 
Timothy Moses 
Benjamin Hall 
John Demerett 
Zachariah Edgerly 
William Allen 
Joseph Daniel 
Nath 1 Davis 
Daniel Young 
Samuel Davis Jr 
Jonathan Hanson 
Robert Evans 
William Twombly 3 rd 
Isaac Twombly 
Joseph Evens, Jr 
Jonn Evens 
Henery Bickford 
Jonathan Daniel 
William Hill 
Stephen Pinkham 
Henry Bussell 
Benjamin Willey 
John Row 
Herkules Mooney 
Joseph Twombly 
Abraham Clark 
Joseph Jackson 
Jarne* Clements 
Reuben Chesley 12 5 (1) 

40 10 1 

(1) Accompanying the foregoing ie a list of inhabitants of Dover and tax assessed 
to a new Parish. Ed. 

In the House of Representatives Aug. 24 th 1744. The within petition 
read and the Parties on both sides heard, And the Return of the Com- 
mittee appointed by the Gen 1 Ass™ for the viewing of the Town of 
Dover, Read, and the House having considered thereon, Voted pro- 
vided the petitioners procure an Orthodox minister or ministers to 
preach to them at that part of the Town of Dover called Madbury, Six 
months or more in a yeare during y e space of three years to comence 
from the first of y s next. That then there . be Raised by the town 
of Dover .S: paid by the select men or Town Treasurer of the said Town 
of Dover annually to the said Minister or Ministers the sum of one 
hundred & twenty pounds (Old Tenor) after the Rate of twenty pounds 
p month as the preaching is Performed annually for the said three years 
and that the petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

James Jeffry Clr. Ass" 
In Council Decemb. 21, 1744. 

The parties heard on the within Petition & the Vote of the Houses 
above Considered & non concur'd. Nemine contradicente. 
Theod. Atkinson Secy 



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"Wherefore to remedy the above Grievances your Humble petition- 
ers Humbly pray That your Excellency & Hon" would be pleased by an 
Act of General Assembly to Invest us with the Privilidges and pow- 

35 



546 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



ers of a Town, and a small matter to enlarge our Boundarys according" 
or near our first petition viz. to begin at a place in Quochecho river 
called the gulf and from the ace on a Straight Line to the Southern side 
of Varneys Great Hill & from thence to run on a North West point of" 
the compass to the end of the Township and your Petitioners as in Duty 
Bound shall & c " 

The above is Paragraph of a Petition signed Paul Wentworth &many 
others free holders & Inhabitants of the Parish of Sumersworth, Dated 
May the 19 th 1743 & then preferred to the General Assembly of the 
Prov. afores d 

Attest, 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 

(1) Thia paper apparently belongs to Somersworth. Ed. 



MARLOW. 

[Marlow was chartered Oct. 7, 1761. Ed.] 

Province ot ) Marlow, January y 9 7 !h 1772. These may Certifye 
NewHampshire / His Excellency the Govemour & His Majesties Hon- 
ourable Councel the folding a count are of the Names 
of the Heds of famelys, Now dwelling in this Toun and of the Single 
men now dwelling here. 

Heds of famelys 

Jasper Huntley Abel Beckwith 

Leas Huntley" widow Selvenes Beckwith 

Elisha Mack* Joseph Huntley 

Silvenus Huntly " Solomon Gee 

Nathan Huntly Nehemiah Royce 

Eber Lewis " Elisha Royce 

Richard Otes Abisha Tubs 

Sam 11 Camfield Titus Church 

John Gustin Epraham Brockway 

Abner Bingham Solomon Mack 

Sam' Gustin Aseph Mather 

Nicodemus Miller Joseph Tubs 

Ruel Royce John Noyce Mather 

Jonathan Royce Martin Wade. 

Single men. 

Ruphas Huntley Asa Huntly 

Isaih Huntly Thomas Gustin 

Nathan Huntlv Phedraxk Tubbs 

Josiah Gustin" Simeon Church 
Famelys made preparation to com on next Spring. 

Abner Tubs Sam !l Comstock 

John Mack Timothy Owen 
Zopher Mack 

Wee the Subscribers selectmen of the Town Marlow Do hereby cer- 
tify that the names of the famelys above mentioned and singel men 






TOWN PAPERS MARLOW. 547 

are now Residents and dwelers here the others have been making prep- 
aration to come on as above mentioned 

Nathan Huntley "| Selectmen 

Eber Lewis j-of y- town 

J of Marlow 



Petition for extensio?z of Charter. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Capt. - General &. 

Commander In chief of his Majesties Province of New 

Hampshire. 

May it please you excellency. 

Wee the Subscribers proprietors in the township of Marlow 
in the Provence aforesd being Notefyed to appear byfore your 
Excellency to shew Reasons why the delinquent Rights & 
Shares in said township should not be Declared forfet we 
therefore Beg leave to Represent to your Excellency that we 
soon begain the settlement in the said Township and lay'd out 
considerable Sums therefor & the same was in a hoopfull way 
of being Spedely settled & the conditions of the grant com- 
plied with & that the proprietors or most of them lay'd out 
apart of their proportions or shares in the said Township & 
that sum time after the leaving out s d Township & the 
proprietors a settling & s d town was in a nourishing state 
and likely Soon to be settled & the conditions fulfild the pro- 
prietors of a large Tract of land in the s d provence of New 
Hampshire call' 1 Masons patten caused their line of their pat- 
ent to be Run & assertained whereby it appeared that more 
than one mile in Breadth through said town ship was Included' 
in the pattent aforesaid whereby the proprietors of said Town- 
ship were thrown into the uttermost consternation many of the 
settlements which were then begun falling within the afore- 
said oattent and the property in the town much lessened and 
many of the Setlers went of & others who were sfoincr on 
Discouraged that we have been at grate Expence and enclev- 
ered to settle with the proprietors of said pattent for the Lands 
included in there grant but have been hitherto unsuccessful 
notwithstanding which discurigements we have not given over 
the thoughts of making our settlements in s d Township and 
are prosecuing our settlements as fast as poseeble under which 
discouragements we hope the rights in s fl Township which are 
not settled will not be declared forfeit' 1 but humbly pray the 
Grant & charter of said Township may be confirmed to us & 
the charter thereof extended & we shall do our uttermost In- 
devours that the settlement shall be made according to the 
conditions of the said charter & grant & we as In duty bound 
shall ever pray 

Dated december 30 t,i 1771. 



543 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Original Proprietors. 
Jacob Canfield 
Ephraim Brockway 
Nehemiah Royce 
William Matson 
Geo : King 
John Bettenham 

Proprietors by purchase. 

Nathan Huntly 2 Rites 
Rufus Huntly "1 Rite 
Sam 11 Canfield 2 Rites - 
Eber Lewis 2 Rites 
Loes Huntly 1 Rite 
Joseph Brown 1 Rite 
Joseph Tubs 2 Rites. 
Abijha Tubs 1 Right. 
Ruel Royce 1 Right. 
Jonathan Royce 1 Rite 
Elisha Royce 1 Rite. 



Sam' 1 Royce r Right. 
Nicodemus Miller 2 Rights. 
John Gustin 1 Right. 
Solomon Gee 1 Right 
Abel Beckwith 1 Right. 
Simon Baxter 1 Right 
Sylvanus Huntly 1 Rite. 
Elisha Mack, 1 Rite. 
Abner Bingham 1 Rite. 
Sam" Gustin \ Agent for 

J s 1 proprietors. 
Ezra Selden 
Abner Lee 
John M c Curdy 
Benjamin Hide 
Samuel Comstock 
Solomon Mack 
Thomas Sabin 
Benjamin Lee 



MERRIMACK. 

[Incorporated 2 April, 1745. Ed.] 

Petition for a tax on non-resident lands. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Gov" & the 

Horr le his Majestys Council & House of Representatives in 

Generall Assembly Convened at Portsmouth the 9 th of April 

1754- 

The petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Merrimack 
Humbly Shews. 

That their settlement is in its Infancy the greatest part of 
the Inhabitants settled since the late war and have been at 
Large Expence in clearing and making of roads that they have 
Built & Have to maintain three great Bridges over Souheeg 
River besides many over severall other large Streams in that 
Town at the Expence of near a Thousand pounds besides 
other necessary Town charges which has all been Loaded on 
the few Inhabitants there settled and are now a going to erect 
a meeting house in s' 1 town the Burden whereof will be ex- 
ceeding Heavy & a discouragement to persons settling there if 
the tax must wholly be Raised on Poles and estates. 

That theres a considerable quantity of unimproved Lands 
in s d Town owned by non-resident Gentlemen who has never 
been at any expence in Bringing forward the settlement or 
Otherways whereby the Inhabitants has been eased ; That the 



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TOWN PAPERS MERRIMACK. 549 

settlers by their Labour & Industry has Increased the Vallue 
of such Lands more than four double to what they would have 
been & they must still greatly increase on the Florishing of 
the s d Town. 

Wherefore we Humbly pray that your excellency & Hon r * 
would please to grant that all the lands Belonging to nonresi- 
dent prop, in that town whereon settlement is not made may 
be taxed at Sixpence per acre for one year to be Improved for 
and Towards building a meeting house and two pence per acre 
for the next four years for and towards the support of a minister 
and your petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray. 
Phinehas Underwood ^ 

WlLLtAMALLD ' I g elect , 

Chearity Lund J 

Joseph Blanchard jun J 

Prov. N. Hamps. In council April 16 th 1754 

Read & ordered to be sent down, to y ,: Hon ble House of Represents. 
Theod Atkinson, Secy. 

Province of 1 Jn the house of Representatives April 16 th 1754. 

Upon reading the within petition, Voted that the Petitioners be heard 
on the within petition on the third day of the sitting of the Gen 1 ' 
Assembly after the last day of June next, and that the petitioners at 
their own cost Insert the substance of the s d petition and orders thereon 
in two of the public papers viz 1 In the News Boy print and the Tues- 
days paper three weeks successively, that any person or persons may 
shew cause if any they have, why the prayer of the petition should not 
be granted. 

Matthew Livermore. Clerk. 

In Council, Eod :a Die 
Read & Concurr'd. 

Theodore Atkinson Secry. 

NewHam 01 "' } In the House of Representatives Dec 14 th 1754. 

Upon the motion of Mr Jonathan Lovewell that the foregoing within 
petition might be revived, Voted that the petitioners be heard on the 
within Petition on the third day of the sitting of the General Assembly 
next after the twentyeth day of January next and that the petitioners 
at their Own cost Insert the substance of the said petition and orders 
thereon in one of the public news papers two weeks successively that 
any person or persons may shew cause if any they have why the prayer 
of the petition should not be granted. 

Matthew Livermore Clerk. 

December 14, 1754. 

The above vote Read and Concurred. 

Theod. Atkinson Secry. 

NewHampr } In the House of Representatives Jan. y e 23, 1755. 

The within petition being read & the subject matter of the prayer 
thereof being duly weighed & considered, 

Voted, That the prayer of s' : petition so far as relates to the six pence 
Pr acre to be Improved for & toward building a Meeting House be 
granted, that the Meeting House be built as soon as Conveniently may 



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55° NEW HAMPSHIRE 

be & the acc tts thereof laid before the Gen' Assem b , & that the petition- 
ers have Liberty to bring- in an act accordingly. 

Hen. Sherburne Jr. Clr. P. T. 
In Council Eod ;u Die. 

Read & Concurr'd in appearing to the Board that advertizment agree- 
able to vote had been issued. 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 



Petition for dividing the State into Counties. 
To His Excellency Banning Went worth Esq. Gov r & c the 
Hon' le his Majestys Council & House of Representatives in 
Generall Assembly Convened at Portsmouth y e 9 th of April 
J 754- 

Wee the subscribers Inhabitants of the Province of New 
Hamp r on the West side of Merrymac River, 

Would most Humbly Remonstrate, That the extent of the 
settlements in this Province is upwards of One Hundred miles 
Westward from Portsmouth the Place where all the Courts are 
held. 

That the Difficulties of Travill & expence to and from Ports- 
mouth on all County Emergencies Lays the Western Inhabit- 
ants under Insuportable Disadvantage as well as Occasioning 
great delay to the Parties & Jurors who necessaryly attend the 
courts of Judicature, by which the Government is Greatly Im- 
poverish d 

That we Humbly apprehend these Grievances might be in 
some good meas r Redress' 1 by dividing the Government into 
Two Countys. Which also would be a means of a great In- 
crease of Inhabitants & Improvements in the Western parts of 
this Province. 

Wherefore we Humbly pray That your Excellency & Hon- 
ors would take the premises into consideration & Divide the 
province into two Countys by such dividing Line & with such 
Powers and Authoritys as in your wisdom shall be tho r - Best, 
and as in Duty Bound shall pray. 

Merrimack Names. 
Jon* Cumings, Jr James Cowans 

Samuel Spaulding Thomas Vickere Jr 

William Patten James Moore 

Zachariah Stearns, Jr David Thomson 

Ebenezer Hills Thomas Barns 

John Stearns Samuel Vose 

Zachariah Stearns John Thome 

Daniel Stearns John Hanry 

William M Cluer Joseph Farmer 

John M'Clencke Thomas Farmer 

Hugh Giles John Roby 

Robert Murdough Ephraim Powers 



TOWN PAPERS MERRIMACK. 



55 



James Mathays 
Tim Taylor 
Reuben Grele 
John Hutchison 
Tho* Cowan 
Moses Trull 
Benj. Auger 
James M-Claer 
James Kanady 
James Morr Jr. 

John Usher 
Robert Usher 
Benj. Hallatt ? 
Benjamin Baxter 
Elaxander Anis 
Eli Turrel 
William Arbuckle 
Robert M Cormick 
Samuel Miller 
James Miller 
James Mathay 
Joseph Thomas 
Thomas Rickere 
Robert Nesmith 
Samuel Barnet 
James Gillmor 



Robert M Cluer 
Phi 9 Underwood 
Jonathan Cumings 
Simeon Cumings 
William Usher 
Jonas Barret 
Francis Dimon 
William Alld 
William Howard 

Bedford Na?nes. 

Rob : Gillmor 
James Gillmoore 
John Chamberlin 
Joseph Blanchard, Jr 
Patrick Tagard 
William Henry 
William Hastings 
James Minott 
Joseph Barnes 
Mathew Thornton 
William M'cluer jun. 
Charity Lund 
John McLaughlin 
William Lund 
James M'-'Clure 



Petition of Inhabitants of Merrimack to be attached to Col. 

Goffers Regime-tit.. 
To the Honourable John GofFe Esq r Col of the ninth Regi- 
ment of Melitia in the Province of New Iiamp r 
The Humble suplication of The Inhabitants of that part of 
Merrymac fornierly Souhegan East, Sheweth, 

That your suplicants are exceeding Desireous if it might be 
granted to us to be under your Com and as our Col'no, & ap- 
prehend that as souhegan River was formerly the bounds be- 
tween old Dunstable and the Souhegans as may appear pr the 
Plan & ? and there is at Least thirteen or fourteen Companys 
in Col " Love wills Regiment to the southward of said River, 

And that if the affair were fairly Represented to his Excel- 
lency our Governor your Honr might easely obtain our supli- 
cation — would pray your favour and Interest in behalf of this 
our Suplication with our Governor and shall as in duty bound 
-ever pray. 

Benja Baxter William Alld 

Thomas Vickere Jr James Cowan 

John Stewart James Thomas 

Alexander M Caly Robert Griffin 

James M Calley Samuel M Conihie 



552 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



John M'Conihie 
Joseph Seobey 
James Moore 
Sarrr Caldwell 
John Cunningham 
Robert Nesmith ? 
John Jacobs 
James Moors Jr 
John Thomes 
James Moor, Sr 
Joseph Farmer 
James Giilmor 
Robert Giilmor 
Samuel Giilmor 
John Giilmor 
Samuel Barnat 



William Henry 
John Henrv Jr 
Daniel M Clearyjr 
William Alld Jr 
Patrick Taggart 
Joseph M'- Clenche 
John M' Clenche 
John Henry 
Robert M Corrnick 
Samuel 1 Miller 
Mathew Miller 
Samuell Gibson 
Robert Giilmor Jr 
Thomas Vickere 
Moses Vickere 



MXONADNOCK NO. 7. 

Petition for an Act of Incorporation. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Capt General Gov- 
ernor & Commander in chief in & Over the Province of 
New Hamp" The Hcn b; e his Majesties Council for said 
Province. 

Humbly shew, Jonathan Blanchard & Oliver Parker agents 
Legally chosen for the Freeholders & Inhabitants of that Tract 
of Land in said Province Known by the name of Monadnock 
number seven. That your petitioners Entred into and upon 
the premises under a Title from the Proprietors of Masons 
Right so called & have with great Toil & Labour form'd very 
considerable settlements therein. 

That the Tract of land afores'' contains about six miles 
square, & is well situated for a Township that they have built 
a Meeting house Si have had preaching occasionallv for eight- 
een months Last past that they Labour under difficulties for 
want of an Incorporation which if obtained would greatly 
Promote the Public good. 

Wherefore your Petitioners humbly pray they may be In- 
corporated into a Body Politick to have continuance & be In- 
vested with all the Powers Priviledges & Immunities that other 
Towns in said Province by Law Exercise & enjoy, And your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray. 

John Blanchard 
Oliver Parker 



TOWN PAPERS NEW BOSTON. 555 



NEW BOSTON. 

[New Boston was granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 14, 1736. Incor- 
porated by New Hampshire, Feb. 18, 1763. Ed.] 

Petition about ?ninister and school lots. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire & c The Honourable his Maj- 
estys Council & House of Representatives in General As- 
sembly convened. 

The petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants, proprietors & 
freeholders in the Township of New Boston in the province 
aforesaid Humbly shews 

That when the proprietors of said New Boston Drew their 
Respective shares and the- shares for publick use, The Lott 
Number Sixty one was drawn, for the use of the first settled 
minister & his heirs forever, & the Lott Number fifty three 
was drawn for the use of school, Both Lotts in the Second Di- 
vision. And whereas the said Lott N" 61 is far from the Cen- 
ter of said Toun, & yet the nearest of any Lott belonging to 
said Ministers Right. & the Lott N 53, tho one mile from said 
Center is much more convenient, & your Petitioners having 
been long Destitute of the Gospel ministry & having now a 
prospect of settling a gentleman to our great satisfaction, & 
being exceeding, desirous to accommodate him in the best 
manner possible, the Inhabitants aforesaid at a Legal meeting 
Held in New Boston aforesaid the third day of Dec. Lastpast t 
Voted unanimously to exchange said Lotts (viz) that the above- 
said Lott N" 53 shall forever hereafter be the property of the 
first settled minister in said New Boston to him & his heirs & 
Assigns forever, & that the Lot n" 61 shall forever hereafter be 
for the use of the school there, this Vote on condition that your 
Excellency & Honours confirm it & for the Reesons aforesaid 
the petitioners Humbly pray your consideration on the prem- 
ises & that either the abovesaid Vote may be confirmed or the 
exchange made in such a manner as will secure the property 
to the minister & school forever & your Petitioners as in duty 
Bound will ever pray 

New Boston 25'' Feb. A D. 1768. 
Ninian Clark Rob s Livingston 

Mathew Caldwell John Gordon 

William Caldwell James Hunter 

Robert Boyd John M c Allester 

Rob* Clark Robert White 

John M'Laughlin Daniel M'Allester 

Will 21 Clark William Moor 

Henary Ferson William Grag 



554 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

James Cochran Paul Ferson 

Nathaniel Cochran James Ferson, Jr 

William Boyce Thomas M'Colom 

Allen Moor Thomas Cochran 

George Cristy John Cochran 

Jesse Crist/ Peter Cochran 

Robart Hogg Thomas Cochran Jr 

James Ferson Abraham Cochran 

In Council March 3, 1768. 

Read & sent down to the Hon Me Assembl.y 
Geo. King Dep. Secy. 

New Harm 1 * n ^ e ^ ouse °*" Representatives March 4^ 1768. 

Voted, That the pray r of this petition be Granted & that the petition- 
ers have leave to bring in a Bill or Resolve for establishing the same 
accordingly 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Eodem die, 
Read &. concurred. 

Geo. King, Depy Secy. 

New Hamp sWre } In the House of «»"»* Harch ?" V». 

The petition .of sundry persons Inhabitants of New Boston was this 
day again taken under Consideration by which it is Represented, That 
when the Lots were sever'd belonging to the respective shares of the 
proprietors of said Township the Lot numbered sixty one was drawn to 
the share appropriated to the use of the first settled minister & his heirs 
forever and the lot N umbered fifty three was drawn to the share appro- 
priated to the use of a school which might be changed greatly to the ad- 
vantage of the First Minister which was now likely to settle in said 
Town whom they were Desirous to Encourage. They therefore Pray'd 
that they might be authorized to make said exchange and that the Votes 
they had passed for that Purpose be confirmed and it appearing that the 
settling of a minister of the Gospel in any New Township to his & the 
Peoples satisfaction tends much to the Increase of Inhabitants and the 
property of such Town. Therefore it is considerd & hereby Resolved 
and Voted That the votes of the said Inhabitants for making said exchange 
be & hereby are confirmed for this purpose and that the lot Number 
Sixty one in second diyision in said Township be & hereby shall be ad- 
judged taken & held as part of the share of land there belonging to said 
school right & share, and the Lot numbered fifty three in the said divi- 
sion in said Township shall be adjudged taken & held as part of the 
share & right appropriated & belonging to the first minister of the Gos- 
pel in said Township, each of said Lots so to be adjudged taken & held 
to be given granted & so appropriated in exchange for the other to be 
held to & for the Respective uses aforesaid forever. 

P. Gilman, Speaker. 

In Council Eodem die. 
Read & Concurr'd. 

Geo. King Depy. Secy. 
Attested, 

]' Wentworth. 



TOWN PAPERS NEW BOSTON. 



555 



Petition for a tax o?i certain lands. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General, 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over his majesties 
Province of New Hampshire <£ Vice admiral of the same 
& c The Honourable his Majestys Council & House of Rep- 
resentatives in Generall Assembly convened. 
The subscribers Inhabitants of Nesv Boston in the county 
of Hillsborough in said Province. Humbly shews. That 
when your petitioners settled the Reverend Mr Solomon Moore 
all the Inhabitants on that tract of Land then called New Bos- 
ton Addition, joined with us in calling, settling paying & 2 8c 
we expected would have done so for many years. But they 
are now by your Excellency and Honours sett off by the name 
of Frances Town & pay no more with us. 

2 ly % The Roads in New Boston are very numerous & the 
Land very hilly & Rocky Sc we have many large Bridges to 
build & support over large streams. Finally the Province tax 
the ministers Sallary. the Roads & Bridges, oppress the few 
Inhabitants many of which are new beginners & advances the 
none Resident Land 

Therefore your Petitioners Humbly pray your Excellency 
& Honours that an Act may be made to tax all the Land in 
New Boston. Improved & not Improved, Resident and None 
Resident, The Land belonging to the purchasers of the Patent 
of John Tufton Mason Esq. Excepted, at one penny Lawful 
money pr acre pr annum, for six years next coming to be ap- 
plied to the uses afores yand your Petitioners as in duty bound 
will ever prav & : 

AD. 1773. 

Robert White 



New Boston Oct 25 l 

William Booyes 
Nath 1 Cochran 
John Cochran Jr 
John Graham 
Archibald M Millan 
James Cochran 
David Henderson 
Thomas Cochran 
George Cristey 
William Clark 
John M'Laughlin 
Jesse Cristy 
James Willson 
Thomas Willson 
Peter Cochran 
W T illiam Moor 
John M c Millan 
Daniel McMillan, Jr 
John M-Millan Jr 
William Keler 
Archibald M c allester 



Jo" Caldwell 
Robert Boyde 
Robert Campbell 
James Ferson 
Paul Ferson 
James Ferson Jr 
Robert Patterson 
John Smith 
Alexander Willson 
John McAllister 
Daniel Minister 
Ananias M r allister 
William Love 
Josiah Warren 
James Gregg 
Robert Hogge 
Alex" Gregg 
Hugh Gregg 
Ni b Clark 
John Cochran 



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Petition to raise taxes to finish the Meeting house. 

Province of ) To his Excellencey Banning Wentworth 
New Hampshir ) Esq Governor &* The Honorable his Maj- 
estys Council & House of Representatives 
for said Province 

The proprietors of the Township of New Boston in said 
Province Most humbly Remonstrate, 

That the said Proprietors have raised the frame of a house 
for the publick worship of God in said Town and is not in a 
capacity to Raise money to compleat and finish the same by 
which Inability said frame remains uncovered and if it con- 
tinues so any space of time uncovered will be damaged if not 
wholy ruined wherefore they pray this Honorable Court to take 
there case into their wise consideration and enable them to 
Raise such sum or sums of money from time to time as shall 
be judged necessary by a majority of votes of said proprietors 
for the compleating and finishing said House, and any other 
affairs of said Proprietors (for the benefit of the Inhabitants of 
said town and proprietors) on each person or persons owning 
lands in said Townships and to enable said proprietors to sell 
so much of such delinquent owners of land in said Town (ex- 
cepting those Rights owned by the purchasers of Tufton Ma- 
son Esq claime in said Province) not as yet improved by said 



556 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Reuben Smith Abraham Cocran 

John Gordon James Willson Jr 

William Blair James Gregg Jr 

We the above Subscribers authorize & appoint the Honourable Mathew 
Thornton Esq our agent to present this petition to his Excellency John 
Wentworth Esq Captain General, Governor & commander in chief in 
& over his Majestys Province of New Hampshire & the Honourable his 
Majestys councel & House of Representatives & get the prayer thereof 
granted if possible and we the Petitioners Beg the Favour of the Hon*ble 
Mathew Thornton Esq to j&#cep£ the trust we Repose in him. 
In Council Jan. 13, 1774. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble Assembly 
Geo. King, D. Secry. 
Province of New Hampshire. 

In the house of Represent 5 January 14^ 1774. ' 
Voted, That the petitioners cause the substance of this petition to be 
printed in the New Hampshire Gazzette three weeks successively that 
any person having any Objections may be heard thereon the third day 
of the sitting of the Gen 1 Assembly next after the 15 th of February 
next. 

William Parker, Cler. Assem 
In Council Eodem die. 
Read and concurrd. 

Geo. King. 



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TOWN PAPERS — NEW BOSTON. 557 

purchasers and your petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever 
pray 

Septem 25, 1764. 

John Hill ^ 

James Halsey 1 Com tee 
James Caldwell | of s J Proprs 
Thomas Cochran J 
Province of ) Septem 25, 1764, at a meeting of the proprietors of 
New Hampshir j New Boston held at the Dwelling House of Mr 
Tho* Harwood in Dunstable in said Province, 
Voted That M r James Callwell prefer the above petition in behalf of 
said proprietors and attend the directions of the Generall Court there. 

Attest Rob* Jenkins, P. Clerk 

Prov of New Hamp. 

In Council Jany 8 ,il 1765 
Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon b!e Assembly. 
T. Atkinson, P Secry. 
Province of) In the House of Representatives 
New Hamp J Jany 9 th 1765. 
This petition being read, 

Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted Except the Exception 
made In the Latter end of the within petition & that the petitioners 
have liberty to bring In a bill accordingly. 

A. Clarkson, Clerk 

Eod m Die. 

Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Secry. 



VOLUME V. 

NEWCASTLE TO PORTSMOUTH. 



.. NEWCASTLE. 

To his Excellency Samuell Shute Esqr. Capt. Generall Gov 
ernor in chief in & over his majesties Province of New 
Hampshire & Vice Adm l: of the Same and to the Hon ble 
the Councill & Representatives Now Conven'd in Generall 
Assembly for s" Province. 

The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town ot 
New Castle in s' j Province Humble she-weth, 

That Whereas It was Voted in this Generall Assembly on 
the iS day of May 1716 that the Isle of Sholes be obleidged to 
pay their province Tax in the Town of New Castle, But a 
proportion for them to pay was not Set, and therefore your 
humble Petitioners Never took upon them to tax or Lay any 
Proportion on the Inhabitants thereof: 

Your Petitioners being a Small number and a poore people. 
Humbly prays the Same Vote may be renewed and that alsoe 
this Assembly would Direct, & Say, what proportion the Isle 
of Sholes Shall pay out of the Province Tax that Is Laid on 
the Town of New Castle. 

And alsoe that there may be Authority Given to Assess 
And Gather the same, & your Petitioners Shall Ever Pray &c. 

Gotham Odiorne^ £-j '^ 



John Sherburn y 



John Leach 



I 3 



Petitio7i against a bridge at New Castle. 
-d v u To His Excellencv Sam 1 Shute Esqr. Capt. 

Prov. JN.ttamp General and Gov* in chief in and over 

His Maj tie * Prov. .Afore s d and vice admiral of the same, 

and To the Hon" 1 '' the Councile, and house of represen ves 

now sitting in General Assembly. 

The Petition of Sundry His Majesties good Subjects of the 
town of Portsmouth and N. Castle w th in the Province afore sd , 
most Humbly Shezveth, |^>'3 

That some years since, at the time of our late Gov r Col° 
Dudleys administration, a projection was made, and a scheme 



TOWN PAPERS NEWCASTLE. 559 

laid, for y" building a bridge from great Island, over the main 
river of little harbour, to the Main land w ch project was no 
sooner budded than nipt, w ch prevented its growth, till now tis 
Sprung up anew, and may if not timely prevented, ripen to a 
head w ch may be of lasting ill-consequence throughout y e s d 
Province especially to the sea-faring part thereof. May it 
please yo" Excellency and y e horr' Le Gen 1 Assem 7 

We would take leave in y° first place humbly to address 
our selves to you by way of Que re, (viz :) Whether it be not 
an infringement on y e rights & priviledges of y* Gen 1 Assem. 
for any town w ;: in this province to make and pass any Vote 
or Votes, for y° building any bridge, over any navigable river 
w th in y~ Same as New Castle hath done, and made a begin- 
ing thereupon, as is above mentioned, that is to say. to build 
a bridge from great Island to the main w ; in the afores' 1 town 
of N. Castle w ;h cannot be Justify-able either in law or equity, 
w Th out a Special Act of Gen 1 Assem ' for so doing. The rea- 
son is plain, for that every navigable river, tho' it may run 
through any town yet is not y J peticular property of that town 
but of the Prov. in Gen ! wherein y e town lyes, So that tis most 
evident. y'" tis a matter y' ought to be before y Gen 1 Assem 7 
& not to be proceeded on by y y authority of a town vote, for 
illustration, may we further humbly orTer, that if such a pro- 
ceeding upon Such authority is legale and Justifyable, that 
then N. Castle & Kittery may as w'ele unite and joyn together 
and build a bridge from s d N. Castle to s 1 Kittery (if it were 
practicable) across v- mouth of the Great Harbour, because 
one town lyes on one side, & tother on y e other, w ' h amounts 
to just so great a weight of reason, as can be offered in the 
other case and no more 

And now we have plainly demonstrated that y e afore" 1 town 
of N. Castle, hath entered upon a matter quite out of its legal 
reach. Now we will in y e next place as evidently sett forth, 
that It is as much out of reason that a bridge Should be built 
at y e place aforementioned, as it is out of y e pow r of N. Cas- 
tle to build it. 

1 There is a ferry stated over s' 1 river, a high way laid out 
through the first proprietors lands to said ferry, much money 
expended in repairing a Cassway to s' 1 ferry & the ferry house 
all w ■'•' are beneiitts lost & money^ spent w T, out profitt if a 
bridge be built. 

2 : All y* Inhabitants of N. Castle pass & repass ferridge 
free on Lords days and training days & all publick days. 

3 d The want of a bridge will be a Security in case of a 
warr. 

-4 Sundry persons living there and thereabout have Some 
laid out y e most part, and some y whole of their estates in 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



fishery who must unavoidably be ruined if s' 1 bridge be allowed 
of, for stopping their passage is in Effect tying up their hands, 
■Sl haling their Shallops ashore. 

5 If a bridge be built it will stop y b ice & cause it to Jamm 
together in y e winter season that there will be no passing for 
y* fishing boatts for three or four months in Winter w ch is y e 
harvest for fishing, where as tis now never frozen over or 

Jamed save two or three days together & that in very hard 
weather. 

6 Another unspeakable hardship w ,h will attend a bridge is 
y e transportation of Hay from y e meadows and marishes where 
the tides must be attended both by night and day and to 
pass under a draw bridge or through any such gap as their may 
be w th a gondela of hay in a dark night & a strong wind or in 
any other vessel w tb so strong a Current as there is beside must 
needs be a danger too terrible to be thought on. 

Whereupon we humbly pray no bridge may be allowed as 
before mentioned *and petition"" shall ever pray as in Duty 
bound. 

The foregoing petition being read In Councile it was voted 
That The Hearing thereof shall be on Thursday next 10 o'clock 
A. M. & y l y 8 parties be notifyed accordingly. 

Rich d Waldron Cler. Con. 



Nath* Gerrish 
Stephen Nole 
John Leach 
y* mark 
of George X Walles 
Richard Shortbridg 
Nathaniel Lang 
Stephen Lang 
Robert Lang 
y-' mark 
of Jn° X Lang 
John Lang 
y 8 mark 
of Jn° % E Daliof ? 
Silvanus Scott 
William White 
Thomas Beck Jun. 
John Abbet 

y 6 mark of 
Thomas X Barrons 
Nicholes Hilliver ? 
John Jackson Jun 

y* mark of 
Jno X Leear 
William Addams 

y* mark of 
Thomas X Maine 

y° mark of 
Jn 1 Shores 



Jn° Hardeson 
Benj a Foster 
W» Cotton 
Thomas Cotton 
William Warrnen 
Henry Bickford 
Jo» Sherburn 
Paul Gerrish} 
Hen Sloper 
John Knight 
Rich^ Cutt 
John Sherburn 
John Jackson 
John Jackson Jun. 
Peter Ball Sen. 
Peter Ball Junr. 
Will Braden 
John Ham 

y* mark of 
Jn" X Cross 
Nathaniel Odiorn 
Stephen Greenleaf 
James Jeffry 
Jeth' J Furbur 
John Pickeren 
Tobias Lear 
Will m Seavey 
Will™ Seyey Jun r 
Ben Amaskeen 



TOWN PAPERS — NEWCASTLE. 56 1 

Joseph Seavey Mathew Nelson 

John Davies Ambros Sloper 

Georg Banfill y mark of 

y e mark of Jn" X Peverly sen 

Sampson X Babb John Peverly 

Phillip Pain Tobias Langdon 

Hugh Banfill Geo Walker 

Charles Banfiei Thomas More 

y a mark of John Abbott 

Jn" Rowe Benj* Ackerman Sr 

Abraham Jones Ephraim Jackson 



JSfe-w Castle's Answer to Sandy-beach Petition. 
To the Honourable John Wentworth Esqr. Lieut Governour 
and Command'' in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province 
of New Hampshire and to the Honourable the Council & 
Representatives in Gen" Assembly Convened at Portsm'' in 
the Said Province. 

The answer of Hugh Reed, Jo' Simson and Daniel Green- 
nough (in behalf of the Inhabitants of that part of New Castle 
•called the Great Island and others adjoining thereto) To a Pe- 
tition prefer' d to yo" Hon" by Sundry of the Inhabitants of 
Little Harbour and Sandy beach & ? Your Respondents Humbly 
pray that the Prayer of the afores d Petition may not be granted 
for that it may prove to be of very ill Consequence not only to 
yo r respond 18 but also to the whole Province in Generall. The 
Inhabitants of Great Island are Gen' 7 poor and depend on the 
fishery for a livelyhood, which is very precarious and uncer- 
tain, so y t they are not' able to maintain a Minister of the Gos- 
pell among them without the assistance of the afores' 1 Petition- 
ers, the want of which will Discourage man}- of the said In- 
habitants and oblige them to remove and go to live Elsewhere 
and those that will remain will be oblidged to go off of the 
Island on the Lords day to attend the Publick Worship of God, 
which in time of Warr will much Expose the Kings Fort on 
s d Island to the Surprise of an enemy the afores : Petition™ 
Saying that they are willing to Contribute to the Subsistence 
of the ministry during the rev d M r Shurtleffs life or Contin- 
uance among us (which is both alicke uncertain) will not 
avail, for Should their Prayer be granted its very Likely Mr 
ShurtlefY would be so Discouraged as to leave us, but admit 
he should Continue w th us as long as he lives, yet at his Death 
(w^ we know not. but may be before the year comes about) we 
Shall be Destitute and so Exposed to the afores 4 Inconveniences. 
Yo r Respond"' therefore most Humbly Pray That if the 
afores d Petition™ be Set off by themselves That they be so in 
all respects, and that one half of the Land in New Castle be 

36 



563 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Subjected to bear the Burthen of the Publick Charge for that 
part Call'd Great Island and the other half to that Part CalPd 
Sandy beach. Except Some other Expedient may be found 
for the Comfortable Maintainance of our Minister for The 
afores d Petition" are Possessed of some Thousands of acres of 
the best Land in New Castle, and yo : " respond ts but of a few 
Hundred and most of that so rocky as not fitt for Tillage, and 
besides that yo r respond ts have a great many poor widows to 
releave all which being Considered by yo r Hon™ yo r respond 13 
doubts not of yo r Hon" doing therein according to Equity and 
good Conscience and will as in duty bound ever pray. 

Hugh Reed 
April tz m 1726 Jo.seph Simpson 

Dan 1 Greenough 



Joshua Foss John Lane o 

Nath Foss William Lock o 

Samell Sanders o Elijah Lock o 

Nathaniel Berry o James Perkins 

Nathanael Berry Jun r James Lock o 

Robart Sanders o Joseph Brown 

John Sanders o W m Randall o 

William Marden o Joses Philbrick o 

Jotham Berry o Joseph Lock o 
Ebenezer Marden o his 

Amos Cross John X Lock 
Jonathan Locke o mark 

Oren Dowst ? o William Lock Junr. o 

Jonathan Dolbuer o Joseph Philbrick 

John Dolbuer o Richard Lock o 

his John Pain o 

Joseph X Brown o Nat 1 Sargent o 

mark Hugh Reed o 

Jethro Lock o Jo* Frost o 
Thomas Shannon o 
N. B. the Persons markt Thus o against their Names ware Present 

att the Election and ten Persons more ware Present att the Elect 71 w ch 

voted for Wm. Frost & Jon a Lock but ware not at home when this Peti- 
tion was carried for them to Si^n it. 



Petition of Sundry of j/ e Inhabitants of New Castle & 

Rye 
To the Hon b!e the House of Represent 16 * of the Prov. of New 

Hamp rL now Siting at Portsm 

Yo r Petition" Humbly Shew, 

That at a meeting of the Free Hold rs of the Town of New 
Castle & Parrish of Rye at New Castle aforesaid on the Sec- 
ond Inst, to Chuse.two meet Persons to Represent the Said 



TOWN PAPERS NEWCASTLE. 563 

Town and Parrish in General Assembly — That Tho 3 Bell & 
Rich' 1 Jenness Esqrs. wer chosen or said to be chosen for the 
Purpose above mentioned w cil yo r Petition" Conceive was Ille- 
gal for that Sundry Persons were admitted to Vote at said 
Meeting which w T ere not Qualify 5 d as the Law Directs in Such 
Cases together with some other Illegal Practices used In order 
to obtain Said choice which may be made appear when the 
Hon bIe House shall be pleased to order A Hearing thereon w ch 
we pray may be Granted as Early as will Suit with the Privi- 
ledges and Interests of those Libertys of which your Hon rs are 
the Guard, and yo r Petiti" further pray y +0 upon the Proof of 
this their Complaint y* the said Thomas Bell & Rich d Jenness 
Esqrs. may be Dismist .the House and y £ the said Town of 
New Castle and Parrish of Rye may have the Liberty of an 
other Choice and yo r Petit" ass in Duty bound shall Ever 
Pray. 



Jany. 5 th 174S 

o W m Frost o Jonathan Harden 

o Will™ Sevey o Thomas Goss 

his o William Berry 

W m X Rand o William Marden 

mark Samuel Dwst 

? Seavey Simon Knowles 

William Seavev Jun. - his 

his John X Salter 

o James X Shut mark 

mark o James Marden 

his o Zechariah Berry 

Joseph X Sevea o Joseph Yeaton 

mark Samuel Berry 

o Joshua Rand his 

Noah Shelburne Nehemiah X Berry 

o Jonathan Goss mark 
o Ebenezer Berrv 



Petition for aid in behalf of the Ministry. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Capt. General 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over His Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon ble His Majesty's 
Council & House of Representatives for Said Province in 
General Assembly Convened May 27 th 1748 
The Humble Petition of Joseph Newmarch & Matthew 
Livermore Esqrs. as agents for the Town of New Castle in 
Said Province Shezvs 

That by an Act made & pass'd in the twelfth year of His 
Late Majestys Reign Entituled an Act for the Settling & Es- 
tablishing of two Parishes in the Town of New Castle, 
Among" other things it is Enacted that in Consideration the 






5% NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Meeting house at the Island is Conveniently Situated for the 
Soldiery Posted at his Majestys Fort William & Mary to Re- 
pair to for the Benefit of the Gospel-Ministry that there be 
twenty four pounds paid annually out of the Excise towards 
the Support of a Gospel Minister on the Said Island. That 
the said Grant has not been duly Complied with & paid which 
as the said Town & the Minister there have had hopes & Ex- 
pectations of & Really wanted has been Detrimental to both 
and having a just claim to by the said act think that a farther 
Delay of the payment thereof will be keeping them ought of 
their Right & Still a greater Injury as the Nominal Sum is not 
a third part of the Real value it would have been if Seasona- 
bly & annually paid. Wherefore your Petitioners in behalf 
of their Principals Humbly Pray that the premises may be 
considered that they may be heard thereon & have leave to 
shew what is now justly due upon the said Grant & that the same 
and all arrearages thereof & whatsoever is due may be paid 
without further Delay and your Petitioners as in duty bound 
Shall ever Pray &c. 

Joseph Newmarck 
Matthew Livermore 

Coun 1 Eodem Die 

read 6c ordered to be sent down to the Hon'- 31 * House 
Theodore Atkinson Secy 
Prov of New) In the House of Representatives 28 th May 174S 
Hampshire y Voted That y* Petitioners be heard on this Petition on 
Fryday next at'three o'clock P. M. 

D. Peirce, Clr. 

June 3d 174S 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition y" Third Day 
of y* Setting of next Gen ! assembly. 

D. Peirce Clr. 



Rev. Mr. B hint's Petition. 
•p ,• r To Plis Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq r 

K°Tj nCe ° r Governor & Commander in Chief In & over 

m P Plis Majestys Province of New Hampshire 

The Honorable His Majesty's Council and House of Rep- 
resentatives for said Province in General Court Convened. 
The Petition of John Blunt of New Castle in the Province 
of New Hampshire Clerk Humbly Shews 

That in the year of Our Lord 1726 a Law was pass'd by the 
General Assembly of this Province wherein (among oth- 
er things) it is Enacted that In Consideration that the 
Meeting House on the Great Island is Conveniently Situated 
for the Soldiers Posted at His Majesty's Fort William & Mary 



TOWN PAPERS — NEWCASTLE. 



565 



that twenty four U Pounds per annum be paid out of the Ex- 
cise towards the Support of a Gospel Minister on the said Isl- 
and," by virtue whereof & of your Petitioner's sustaining that 
office there, he humbly conceives he has a just claim to the 
payment of the aforesaid Sum annually from the time of his 
Settlement in that Capacity, &. that no Legal or Rational ob- 
jection has ever been or pan be made to the payment thereof 
so long as the Said Law Remains in being & full force which 
he also Conceives to be the Case & consequently that the non 
payment thereof yearly but much more the delay of doing it 
for so long a time as it has been your Petitioners Right is mani- 
festly a Great Injury to him. 

That your Petitioner thinks he has the same Claim to the 
aforesaid Sum of money as he would have had to any Real 
Estate Granted by the Same Authority which is no more 
weakened because not paid as it became due than in the case 
of a Real Estate because one that has no Right Keeps the 
Possession a few years which no man would pretend to, And 
that Denying a due Compliance with the acts of the Governm 1 
is not only a Breach of Public Faith, but of very ill Example 
to those who are the subjects of the Good & wholesome Laws 
of the Province. 

That as your Petitioner in his Settlement had some Regard 
to the aforesaid grant it has been a Considerable Disappoint- 
ment to him that it has not been punctually complied with as 
every Gentleman upon the least attention to the Circumstances 
of the said place must needs allow. 

Wherefore your Petition 1 * most humbly Prays that Effectual 
Provision may now be made for the payment of what is in 
arrearage & due to him agreeable to the aforesaid Grant, & 
for the due & Seasonable payment thereof for the future, and 
your Petitioner as in duty Bound shall ever pray. 

Jn° Blunt. 

March 1741 



In the House of Representatives March the 10 th 1741-2 

The within Petition Read and Voted that the Petitioner be heard on 
Thursday next at three of the Clock in the afternoon 

James Teffry Clr. Ass m 
In Coun. March 11 th 1741-2 
Be forenoon 
Read and Concurred 

Rich d Waldron sec. 
Same dav A : M : assented to B. Wentworth 



An acco" of the Persons v l Voted at the Election of Representatives 



$66 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

for the Town of New Castle and Parrish of Rye att New Castle on the 

2 nd Day of Jan 1 "?" 174S w-- the Petiti n annex d to this Referd too as Persons 

who Ware not Quality'd to Vote in Said Choice and are as Followeth 
Viz: ^ J 

Jn" Randall Nath 1 Batson 

Jn° Simpson Mesheck or Benj ft Bell 

George ? Henry Dow 

W m Neele Francis Lock Jun r 

Sam !1 Yetton Sam 1 Jinnins 

Sam'- Clark Jo 3 Jennins 

Sam 11 Card Francis Jennins Jun T 

Jn e Card Jun r Jo s Fuller 

Edw d Card James Philbrick 

Henry Tredick Jn° Rand 
And w Mace 



Petition of New Castle relating to a Lottery to build a 
Bridge. 

To his Excellency the Goveraour of New Hampshire, The 
Honourable his Majestyes Council, and House of Represent- 
atives, in General Assembly conven'd. 

We being appointed a Committee by the Inhabitants of the 
Town of New Castle in said Province, to Petition the said 
General assembly for the Priviledge of a Lottery in Order to 
enable us to build a Bridge over Little Harbour River as set 
forth in our Petition now before you, beg leave to offer these 
following Reasons for the same viz : 

1 . The only Barrier or Forte, by Sea. belonging to this Prov- 
ince is in New Castle, or on the Island called great Island, and 
the only Place by Sea, which is in danger of being Attack'd 
by a foreign Enemy. 

2. We the Inhabitants of said Island, ordinarily, have not 
more than Men enough to take care of our wives and Children, 
and to convey them to a Place of Safety, in case of a Sudden 
Invasion. 

3. It will be really Necessary for the Safety of this Province, 
more Especially for the Towns adjacent to said Island, That 
we be so accommodated as that a Suhcient number of men 
from the main may with speed and Conveniency, come to us 
for our defence and safety, in case we are suddenly invaded by 
a foreign Enemy. 

4. We have not a sufficient number of Boats neither can we 
Expect that the Province will at their charge Provide and Keep 
in repair such a Number as may be Necessary to convey so 
many men to us as we shall need, in Case we are Distressed by 
an Enemy. Therefore 

5. It is absolutely necessary that a Bridge be built over Little- 



TOWN PAPERS NEWCASTLE. 567 

Harbour-River from Saunders Point on theMain to said Island. 
And then 

2. With regard to us the Inhabitants of said New Castle or 
great Island, We would observe. The flourishing and Pros- 
perous State of any Town in a Province more Especially of a 
Barrier-Town, is for the good and wealfair of the whole Com- 
munity. 

3. Altho' said Island is a Barrier Town, yet, we, the Inhab- 
itants, are but in low Circumstances considering our Long 
Standing. 

4. The only way which we can think of at Present to retrieve 
our Circumstances, and to Enable us the better to bear a Part 
in the Defence and Support of the Government, -is that wemay 
have a free and Open Communication with the Inhabitants on 
the Main 

5. And this, appears to us, can only be effected by building a 
Bridge over said River, and then the Inhabitants on the Main 
can bring and sell to us the Necessaries of Life, which will 
save us a great deal of time and expence ; and which must if 
rightly improved by us increase our wealth and strength, and 
be no ways detrimental to our Neighbors. 

Therefore for the Reasons above said with what we have 

suggested in our Petition novr before you we Earnestly desire 

that the Prayer thereof may be Granted. 

XT c ") Committee for 

N. Sargent I ., T , + .. , 
x e t-, > the Inhabitants 

To" Frost I rv n 4.1 
J ) of New Castle. 

New Castle April y e 25 th 1757. 



Neiu Castle Petition for a Lottery to build a bridge. 
Province of ) To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r 
N. Hampshire | Captain General Govenour and Commander 
in Chief in and over his Majestys Province 
aforesaid, The Honourable his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives for 
said Province. 
The Petition of us the Subscribers Humbly sheweth, 
Whereas your Petitioners for many years past have been 
great sufferers for want of a better Conveniency of passing from 
the great Island to the Continent and at some seasons of the 
year it is almost if not quite impracticable to pass to the Main 
and so for the People on the Main to come to us which is the 
reason why the Country People bring not to us the Necessa- 
ries of Life to Vend as otherwise they would do and our poorer 



:6S NEW HAMPSHIRE 



f 

Families and Widdows who are not able to go abroad to pro- 
vide for themselves are sometimes thereby brought into the 
greatest Straits and difficulties. 

And inasmuch as the only Fortification of this Province by 
sea is and ever will be for anything we can discern on said 
Island, Therefore it is highly necessary for the safety of this 
Province as well as for the Inhabitants of said Island that a 
Bridge be Built across the River called Little Harbour River 
to the Main so that help with Speed and Conveniency may 
come to us in Case of an Invasion by a Foreign Enemy which 
in time of War we have reason to fear may be our unhappy ■* 
Case, and also that our Wives and Children and others who 
are unable to Endure the fatigues of War "may with greater 
Conveniency and Speed, Retreat to some place of safety. 

Therefore your Petitioners most Humbly Pray that your Ex- 
cellency with your Honours would consider our Petition and 
the Reasonableness of our Requests and grant us the Privi- 
ledge of a Lottery in order to raise money to build a Bridge 
over said River. 



Richard Yeaton Rich' 1 Kermey 

Allcock Stevens William Trefethen 

Benjamin Bell Robert White 

Henry Langmaid Joshua Chase 

Peter Grant Jn" Blunt 

RobbartNeall W^ ,! Blunt 

John Randle Paul Randall 

William Mordantt Sam 1 Jackson 

Nat Sargent Jun r Nathaniel Lear 

Abraham Trefethen Robert Seldon 

Jos Frost James Randall 

Stephen Chase ■ William Tucker 

W 11 ' Branscombe Daniel Moulton Jun r 

Samuel Sheafe Joseph Sargent 

Stephen Barton Christopher Prichard 

Meshach Bell Shadrach Bell 

William Naal Benjamin Meloon his hand 

Nath 1 Batson Solomon White. 

John Neal 
In Council Feb'W 23, 1757 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble Assembly 
Theo r Atkinson Secy. 
Province of^In the House of Representatives Feb>" 26 th 1757 This Pe- 
New Hamp i tition having been read 

Resolved That the Petitioners be heard thereon the second day of the 
setting of the General Assembly next after the first Day of April next 
& that the Petitioners at their own Cost & charge Cause the Substance 
of said Petition with this order of Court to be advertized In [the New 
Hampshire Gazette four weeks successively that any person or persons 
may appear if they please & Shew Cause if any they have why the prayer 
thereof should not be Granted. 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 

In Council Eodem Die 
read & Concurrd 

Theo d Atkinson Secv. 



TOWN PAPERS — NEW DURHAM. 569 

NEW DURHAM. 

[Incorporated 17 Dec. 1762. See Kingswood. Ed.] 

At a public meeting of the Proprietor- of New Durham in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire legally notified, holden at the meeting house 
at Durham falls in s a province on monday the 30 tl ' day of Decemb r 1765 at 
2 o'clock P. M. then &; there the s' 1 proprietors made choice of Maj r 
Thomas Tash and Capt. Thomas Chesle as a Committee to apply to 
the general Court of s a Province to see if s rI Court will pass an act to 
Impower the s' ; Proprietors to sell so much of the land of the delin- 
quent proprietors as shall pay their proportion of the charges to be de- 
frayed by s' 1 proprietv 

Tho 9 Tash prop" Clark 

A true Coppy 



To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his 2>Iajestys Province of New 
Hampshire, the Honourable Councel and Representatives 
of Said Province. 

The Humble Petition of Thomas Tash and Thomas Ches- 
lee. In Behalf of the Proprietors of New Durham Sheweth 

That Whereas a Great Number of the Proprietors of said 
New Durham have been Delinquent in paying their proportion 
of the Necessary Charges that have already arisin on account 
of the Settlement of Said Town, and it is highly probable s d 
Delinquents will be as unwilling to pay any Necessary Charge 
that may hereafter arise ; Therefore the Burden must Conse- 
quently Lay on such of said propriety as are most willing to 
promote said Town and the Settlement thereof. 

We therefore most Humbly Shewe, That at a Legal Meet- 
ing of Said proprietors held on the 30 th Day of December A. 
D. 1765 it was Voted that we the said Thomas Tash & Thomas 
Chesley should be a Committee to apply to your Excellency 
and your honours, in order to obtain an act to Impower the 
said proprietors or their Collectors to Sell the Rights of Said 
Delinquent proprietors or Such a Part thereof as shall be 
Sufficient to pay their Respective proportions of Such Neces- 
sary Charges. 

Your Petitioners Earnestly hope your Excellency and Hon- 
ours will Take our prayer into your wise Consideration and 
procure Such a Remedy as your Excellency & Honours in 
your Great wisdom Shall think proper, and your petitioners 
as in Duty bound Shall ever pray. 

Thom 5 Tash 
Thom 5 Chesle 
New Durham September 10 th 1767 



1 



5JO NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Province of *) In the House of Representatives Sep 1 " 12 th 1767 
New Hump-* J The within Petition being Considered and it appear- 
ing Reasonable to grant Relief in such Cases 
Voted That the Petitioners have Liberty to Bring in a Bill for the 
Purpose within mentioned 

M. Weare, Cl r 
In Council Eodem Die 
Read & Concurr'd 

T. Atkinson Jun Sec^ 



NEWMARKET. 



Papers relating to Newmarket & Nezvmarket Bridge. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq Governour and 
Commander in Chief in and over His Majesties province of 
New Hampshire in New england in America and the Hon- 
ourable His Majesties Council and the Honourable the 
House of Representatives in General Court Convend. 
We the Subscribers Conceiving it will be for the great ad- 
vantage of this province in general as well as for our Perticler 
Interest & for the Benefit of the inhabitants of the Several 
towns to which we respectively belong that there Should be a 
Bridge over the River which devides Siretham & New Mar- 
ket where the Ferry is Now Kept or a little higher up the 
River at the place cald the New field do humbly petition this 
honourable Cort for license to Build a Strong & Substantial 
Bri'ge thereon sufficient for teams to Pass & Repass laden, 
and if your Excellency and Honours will vouchsafe to take 
the matter under your wise Consideration and permit us to 
offer to your wise Consideration the Resons Inducing us to 
offer this our petition we doubt not you will Readily grant us 
the license for which we hereby make Humble Request, By 
which grant you will greatly oblidge your most humble Sup- 
plicants the inhabitants of this province of New hampshire as 
in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray, we the Subscribers Sign 
with that reserve that s d bridge be no hendrance to vesels & 
Rafts of any kind Passing & Repassing up & down S ; River 
November 21 st 1746 
Richard Calley John Clark 

Eforom Lev-eft Soimon Cotton 

Stephen Thusen John Thusten 

Samuel Levett Benjamin Cotton 

Jonathan Fifield Efrom Greean 

John Levett Thomas Vesey 

Samuel Levett William Bruce of Durham 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 57 1 

Moses Thriston Henry Wiggin 

Sam 1 Clark Josiah Piper 

William Davis Jonathan Piper 

Walter Wiggins William Borlev Jun r 

Eliphalet Wiggins Richard Crockett . 

John Wille Jun r Thomas Wiggin 

Joshua Hill John Wiggin 

Samuel Piper William French 

Tarfien ? Wiggin Andrew French 

David Haneford Bradstreet French 

James Daves William French Jun r 

Thomas Brier Thomas French 

Daniel Mason Jr Samuel Wiggin 

John Barker Eliphalet Wiggin 

John Daves William Moores 
Thomas Wiggin Jr. 



To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governour and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire in New England and the Honourable" His 
Majesties Council and the House of Representatives for 
Said Province. 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Nottingham &c 
Humbly Shevjeth 

That this and Several other Towns in this Province are ex- 
posed to Great Difficulties being Seperated from the Metrop- 
olis and the Main Body of the Settled Part of this Province 
by a narrow River Running between Stratham and New Mar- 
ket which Lais us under a Necessity to travel many miles 
Round the Head or Else Cross said River at a Ferry which is 
often times Not Less Difficult and at Certain Seasons of the 
year is altogether Impracticable and is always so for Carte 
and Teams. 

We therefore Conceiving that it will be for the Great Ad- 
vantage of this Province in General as well as for our Particu- 
lar Interest and for the Benefit of the Several Towns Scituated 
near said River that there Should be a Bridge over said River 
where the Ferry is kept or a Little Higher up at the Place 
Commonle Called the New Field Do Humbly Petition your 
Excellency and Honours that there may be a Licence for a 
Good Substantial Bridge there Sufficient for Teams to Pass 
over Loaded. The many Great advantages which would 
accrue to the Publick by such a Bridge will we Doubt not 
Enduce this Hori ble Court to Grant us the Priviledge for which 
we hereby humbly make Request which will Greatly oblige 
your most Humble Supplicants who Shall as in Duty Bound 
Ever Pray &c : - 

Nottingham Nov. at, 1746. 



572 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Abraham Rowell 
Daniel Elkins 
Ebenezer Dow- 
John Pormort 
Thomas Ford 

his 
William X Kennison 

mark 
John Mill 
John Bartlett 
Joseph Cally 
Jon* Longfellow 
James Bean 
Edward Bean Jun r 
Jonathan Norris 
David Lawrens 
James Whidden 
Jonathan Crosbie 
Nathan Pilsbery 
James Morrison 

his 
David X Morrison 
mark 



Joseph Beverlin 

his 
Andrew X Simpson 

mark 
Nathaniel Goodhue 
John M'Cries 
John M Cries Jun 1 
Frances Harvey 
John McCleary 
Israel Bartlett 

his 
William X Morrison 

mark 
James Maxweel 
Rob 1 Harvev 
Matthew Neley 
John Harvey 
Thomas Harvey 
Edward Bean 
Simon Baird 
John Redman 



To his Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq' Governor and 
Captain general in Chief in and over his raajestys Province 
of New hampshire and to his majestys Council and the hon- 
ourable house of Representatives in general Court Convened. 
We the subscribers Conceiving it will be for the great ad- 
vantage of this Province in general as well as for our own par- 
ticular Interest and for the benefit of the Inhabitants of the 
Several Towns to which we respectively belong that there 
should be a bridge over the river which Divides Stratham and 
New Market where the ferry is now kept or a little higher up 
the river at the Place Called the New field Do humbly Peti- 
tion this honourable Court for License to build a Strong and 
Substantial bridge there Sufficient for Teams to pass and repass 
Laden and if you will Vouchsafe to take the matter underyour 
Consideration and permit us to offer to your Consideration the 
reasons Inducing us to offer this our petition we doubt not 
you will readily grant us the Licence for which we hereby 
make humble request by which grant you will greatly Oblige 
your most humble Supplicants, the Inhabitants as in Duty 
bound shall ever pray. 
Dated Nov r 2X a: 1746 

Rob' Smart Joseph Chapman 

Sam 1 Miles Walter Neel 

Jon a Coikit Sam 1 Neel 

Jon* Coikit Jun r Rich 1 Clark 

Jon* Coikit Caleb Clark 



TOWN PAPERS N E WMARKET. 



573 



David Hanes 
Jo- Jedkins 
Joslah Persons 
Tho s Young Sr. 

Charles Smart 
Joseph Smart 
John Barley 
Jam 3 Barley 

Jam* Burley Jun r 

Josiah Burley 

Joseph Burley 

Isaac Maston 

Andrew Burley 

W" Burley 

Edward Hilton 

Josiah Hilton 

Wentworth Hilton 

Fitz \V>- Sergant 

John Bennet 

Joseph Burley Jun. 

Jo 1 El ice 

Nath : Piper 

Peter Folsom 

Rob* Pike 

Charles Hilton 

Thorn- Gilman 

Rob' Barber 

Sam : Sinkler 

John Sanborn 

Nath 1 Pees 

Sam 1 Stevens 

Jon 1 Bachler 

Ezekiel Sanborn 

Joseph Sinklar 
W Q Crocket 

Jon' Robinson 

Joseph Robinson 
Joseph Gilman Jr. 

Thom s Sinkler 
Const' Gilman 

.Joshua Sanborn 
Tim' Gilman 

Joseph Giiden 
Abner Cofin 
Nathan Folsom 
John Meder 
Ichabod Whidden 
•Thonr Bennet 
James Goodwin 
Jam* Goodwin Jun. 
Sam 1 Rolins 
Jam' Rolins 
Sam 1 Brecket 
Hope Cheswill 
Sam : Doe 
Israel Folsom 
John Kenneston 
Francis Durgan 



W ra Durgan 
James Kenneston 
Sam 1 Dooly 
Thorn* Packer 
Nicholas Doe 
Daniel Hilton 
Jacob Burley 
Samson Doe 
Benj* York 
Benj : - York Jun. 
Thorn 5 Young 
Joseph Jedkins 
Thorn s York 
John Neel 
Abnez" Neel 
Nathan Presby 
Ephraim Sanborn 
Jacob Tilton 
John Wedgewood 
John Pender 
John Fose 

Edward Fose 

David Litetbot 

Daniel Ames 

Simon Ames 

David Ames 
Jacob Ames 
Joseph Hall 

Edward Hail 

Arthur Siade 

James Maston 

Nath 1 Ames 

Rob' Perkins 

Jo u Miles 

Benj v Smart 

Giles Burlev 

W* Perkans 

Jon 3 Hilton 

Philip Herris 

Jo' 1 Hilton 

Tim Emerson 

Bartes Metoon 

Joseph Hilton 

Joseph Young 

Joseph Midcalf 

John Birgan 

Rich' 1 Matoon 

Benj 1 Thomson 

John Hersey 

James Hersey 

John Perkans 

John Perkans Jun r 

John Folsom 

Andrew Folsom 

W' n Folsom 

Jo a Barber 
"John Barber Jun 1 * 

Andrew Wigsran 



574 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Joseph Wiggan 
Edward Fose 
Benj a Fose 
Sam 1 Chapman 
John Talor 



Jo° Palmer 
Groth. Palmer 
Ephraim Folsom 
Ephraim Folsom Jr. 



To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in Chief in over His Majestys province of new 
hampshier in new England in America and the Honorable 
His majestys Council & the Honorable House of Represent- 
atives in Court Convened. 

We the Subscribers Conceiving it will be for the Great ad- 
vantag of this province in general as well as for our one Per- 
ticlar Intreest & for the Benefit of the Inhabitants of the Sev- 
eral Towns to which we respectively belong that there should 
be a Bridg over the river which divides Stratham and new 
market where the Ferry is now Kept or a little higher up the 
river at the place- called the new field wee do humbly Petition 
this honorable Court for Leicence to Build a Strong &. Sub- 
stantile Bridg sufficient for tams to pass & Repase, to take the 
matter under your Consideration & permit us to offer to your 
Consideration the resons Inducing us to offer this our petition, 
we Doubt not you will readiely Grant us the Licence for which 
we hearby make humble Request by which Grant you will 
Greatly oblige your most humble supplicats, the Inhabitants 
as in Duty Bound Shall Ever pray. 



Joshua Brackett 
John Brackett 
Nathaniel Brackett 
James Urin 
Joseph Jones 
Joseph Melune 
Joseph Melune Jun. 
Henery Melune 
Enoch Clark 
Ebenezer Gates 
James Cates 
Jonathan Dockem 
Jonathan Dockem Jun. 
John Dockem 
Bengman Dockem 
Robert Rolens 
James Bracket 
Daniel Lunt 
Joseph Berry 
William Stevens 
Joseph Haines 
John Haines 
William Haines 



James Johnson 
Anthony' Pickrein 
Nath 1 Doe 
Nath 1 Grow 
Abithar Sanborn 
John Hoag Jun r 
Nathaniel rite White 
Samuel Haines 
Thomas Ains 
Charley ? Johnson 
Jonathan Thomas 
Stephen Gilman 
Anthony Pickerin 
Abner Haines 
Sam 1 Nutter 
Pitman Colbath 
James Berry 
William Samson 
Robart Bryen 
John Allen 
Daniel Doues 
John Johnson 



TOWN PAPERS — NEWMARKET. 



575 



In Council December the 1746 

read & ordered to be sent Down to the Hon bIe House togeather with 
the three other Petitions for the same affair here unto annexed 
Theo d Atkinson Secy 

New^amo^ f In the House of * Representatives Dec 6 th 1746 

Voted That the within Petitioners be heard on their Petition y e second 
Day of y° setting of y ? Gen 1 Assembly after y- seventeenth Day of Jan. 
next & that y" Petitioners at their own expence advertise y« publick three 
Weeks successively between this Day & y« aforesaid I7 tn of Janu- V (iny 9 
Postboy & Evening Post News Papers so called) of y* Tenor of y" 
Prayer of said Petitions (Viz) that there may Liberty be granted for 
Building a good sufficient Draw Bridge over Exeter River at Wiggin's 
Ferry so called or at y e New Field at y~ proper Cost & charge of y* Pe- 
titioners that any or every one may have opportunity to shew Cause if 
any they have whv j* Prayer of s 1 Petitions should not be granted. 

D. Peirce Cl r 
In Council December 7 th 1746 
read & Concurr'd 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 
December u lQ 1746 

Assented to 

B. Went worth 



Where as Sum of the Inhabitence of Several townes within this Prov- 
ence have Petitioned the Gen ; Court to Grant Liberty for the bidding cf 
a bridge over Exeter River Between Stratham and New market and the 
Gen 1 Court having apointed a Day for the hearing of s d Petitioners, 
Leberty being Given for all persons to apear that are against said Bredge 
being bult to Shew ther Resons against the same. 

At a Leagal parish meeting held at Brintwood on Monday the 16 th 
Day of March 1747 at the hous of Nicolas Gorden in s d parish Voted 
that^there be no bredge bult between Stratham and Newmarkit by Reson 
we apprehend it will be a Great Datnmeag both to the trade and" fishere 

Copy Exam'd 

Biley Hardie parish Clarck 



May y* iS th 1747. 
Province of ) In Pursuance of a vote of General Assembly of y 6 
New Harnp 1 " 8 j 4 Instant We the Committee Have been and Viewed the 
places as mentioned in a petition for building a Sufi- 
cient Draw bridge over the River between new market and Stratham 
and we have unanemusley agreed that the bridge be built over said 
River to begin to be built about twenty foote below a white Pine tree 
Standing about the ferry place on Wigginses land and so to Run as 
straight over or across said River to Robert Smarts land as it can be 
built for Convenience of Setting Said bridge. The Distance between 
the Peers under the Draw bridge to be twenty six foote and the Dis- 
tance between the Pears for Rafts and other Necessary to be forty or fifty 
foot and the tops of the Caps between these vacancies to be Seven foot 
above high water mark in a middling tide the width of the aforesaid 
bridge to be Eighteen foote wide between The rails of s d bridge from, 
end to end. 

This is our Report In this affair of said Bridge 

Sam 1 Smith 
John Downing 
Richard Jenness 
Jonathan Chase 
Joseph Wadleigh 



Committee 



576 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



In Council May 27, 1747 

The above report read Sc ordered to be sent to the Hon M - House 

Theo ,i? Atkinson sec. 
Province of Vln the House of Representatives 29 th May 1747 
New Hampshire j Voted That y e within Report be received & ap- 
proved with y* following amendments, that y e Draw- 
Part of s' 1 Bridge be twenty eight feet wide & y J Passage for Rafts forty 
five feet wide that the Petitioners build y e Bridge Keep it in Repair & 
procure convenient Ways to & from y° Bridge & all at their own 
expence. 

D. Peirce Clr. 



Anno Regni Regis Georgii Secundi magnse Britannice Franciae & Hi- 
bernian Vicessimo. 

An Act for Erecting and maintaining a Bridge over the River at New 

Market. 

Whereas Many of the Inhabitants of New Market Stratham and other 
Places within this Province have Petitioned the General Assembly 
Representing that the Passing over the ferry at New Market is attended 
with Great Difficulty for a Considerable part of the year by Reason of 
the frost, That a Bridge over the River there would be of Great use 
to those Places and all the Neighboring Towns And Praying that they 
might have Liberty to Erect a Bridge there accordingly which they 
would do at their own Cost. Which Petition having Been Considered 
and it appearing that a Good Bridge at the Said Place will be of Gen- 
eral Service and Conveniency : 

Be it therefore Enacted By His Excellency the Governor Council and 
Representatives in General Assembly Convened and by the Authority 
of the Same, That the Petitioners aforesaid and Such others as shall 
join with them therein shall have Liberty to Erect and Build a Good 
Strong and Convenient Bridge over the River at New Market and 
Stratham to run from about Twenty foot below a white pine Tree 
Standing a Little way above the Ferry place on the Land of Andrew 
Wiggin strait a Cross the River to the Land of Robert Smart on New 
Market Side on the following Terms and Directions that is to say that 
it Run as Strait a Cross the River from and to the Place aforesaid as it 
may be for the Conveniency of Setting and Laying the foundation 
thereof in the River, that the Said Bridge be Built on Peers set at Con- 
venient Distance form'd in the Best manner for passage Between them 
that a Passage for Vessels Gundelos Rafts and other water Carriage 
be' Left where the Deepest water is of forty live feet wide Between the 
Peers, that a part of the said Bridge be made to Draw in the most Con- 
venient manner twenty eight feet wide for the Passage of Vessels That 
the said bridge be built with Rails on the Top on Each Side and to be 
eigh teen feet wide between the Rails that the Tops of the Caps between 
the Vacancies be seven feet above high Water in a Middleing Tide and 
that all the said Bridge be Built in a strong workmanlike manner at the 
Cost of the Petitioners and others as aforesaid and so maintained and 
Kept in Repair and that they Procure and get Laid out all such Con- 
venient Ways and Passages to and from Said Bridge as shall be want- 
ing and Necessary and that the Draw Part of sad Bridge be made so 
that it may Conveniently be Drawn by two men. 



TOWN PAPERS — NEWMARKET. 577 

Province of Y In the House of Representatives 3 1 June 1747 
"New Hainp" r j The foregoing Bill having been Read three Times 
Voted That it pass to be enacted. 

John Sanborn Speaker pro Tempore 
In Council June the 4 tb 1747 
The foregoing Bill Read three Times and past to be enacted. 
Theodore Atkinson Sec- V 
Eodern Die 

I assent to the enacting this Bill 

B. Wentworth 
Copy Examined 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



Exeter's Answers to Stratham and Nevj Market's Petitio?i 

, for a Bridge. 

Province of ) To his Excellency Benning Wentworth 

New Hampshire ) Esq r Captain-Generall, Governor and 

Commander in Chief in and over his 

Majesty's Province of New Hampshire, To the Hom' :e his 

Majesty's Councill And house of Representatives Convened 

in Generall Assembly. 

Humbly Shezvs 
The Freeholders &. Inhabitants of Exeter by their Agents the 
Subscribers hereof That whereas Notice hath lately been 
given in the Publick Prints That the Towns of Newmarket 
Stratham & Towns Adjacent have Petitioned your Excellency 
and this Hon le Court Praying Liberty to Build a Strong Sub- 
stantial! Draw Bridge over the river that Divides said Stratham 
and New Market at the Ferry place in Said Stratham or a Lit- 
tle above, And your' Excellency & hon" having ordered said 
Petitioners a hearing of their Petitions on the Second day of 
the Sitting of this Court after the Seventeenth day of January 
then next and that said Petitioners give Public notice Thereof. 

Whereupon we the Subscribers agents as aforesaid on behalf 
ot our Constituants as well as for our Selves Most Humbly 
Crave Leave to offer the Following reasons why the Prayer of 
said Petitions Should not be Granted, (Viz :) 

I st For that the building such a Bridge would in a Great 
measure Stop the Course of the Fish Especially the Bass 
which Providence has hitherto yearly supplyd us with great 
Quantity s of to the Great Support of our selves and Towns 
above us, and many Poor Familys, if the Course of the Fish 
be Stopped will be Likely thereby to be Great sufferers. 

2 dIy For that whereas the said river having been free Ever 
since The settling the Town of Exeter (upwards of one hun- 
dred years) for the passing and repassing of Vessels from 

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57^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

hence to Portsmouth & Boston and other Ports, and there be- 
ing Generally water sufficient for the passing and repassing of 
any Vessell of one hundred Tons Loaden whereby this Town 
as well as the Towns above it have reaped great advantages By 
means of Transporting their Lumber and by having return'd 
to them by the same Vessels, The Provisions and Necessaries 
for the Support of Life & for Commerce and Trade with Each 
other; Which the building of the aforesaid bridge would 
greatly hurt, if not Totally Stop, & also Prevent Carrying on 
the building of Vessells ill the Town of Exeter which they 
have as Just a right to do as any other Towns in the Province. 

3 <lly For that the Free use and Priviledge of That river to 
the head thereof was the Principal reason and Cause of Peoples 
settling so far into the Country and Defending their Settlements 
in such Dangerous & Difficult times as have been since the 
Settlement of the Same and was also an Incouragement to the 
Inhabitants of Kingston and other Towns to Settle Farther 
into the Country they hopcing to Enjoy the Benefit of Trans- 
porting their Lumber in this river without such an Incum- 
brance as the Proposed bridge would be. And now if the 
Prayer of the Petition should be granted Those invaluable 
Priviledges which the respondents have so Long Enjoyed and 
so highly Prised (more than any other part of their Estates) 
would in a great measure if not Totally be cutt off and would 
be more Damage to the Town of Exeter and 'other Towns- 
above it Than to Maintain men and Boats forever to carryover 
the Petitioners and Every thing they have as often as they 
please to remove, and Cannot be of such Service to the Peti- 
tioners as to Equal the Damage that would be consequent upon 
it. Neither would the Petitioners themselves be willing that 
any such Incumbrance should be made upon the river below 
their Landing places to prevent the Free passage of Vessels to 
them. 

Neither is it likely if Possible for the Petitioners to make and 
maintain & Duly attend Such a Bridge in such manner as to 
Lett all Vessells pass and repass in said river For Vessels going 
up & Down swiftly with a strong tide cannot come to anchor 
and wait for any Persons to come and open the Passage for 
them without great Difficulty & Danger and Damage more 
than can be at Present Discerned. 

^. tixl y For that the building the aforesaid Bridge would be a 
great Impediment to the Conveying Down to Portsmouth the 
Mast Trees which are Yearly Procured in & brought to the 
Town of Exeter for his Majestys use. and would also make it 
very Dangerous to pass with Vessells rafts & Gundelows in 
the Narrow Passage of Thirty foot. For the Straitening of 
the river must of Consequence Cause the Current to run very 






TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 579 

swift and Rapid and thereby Greatly Endanger the Lives of 
the People as well as the Loss of their Vessels Lumber and 
Gundelows. 

5 !y We humbly Conceive that the Granting the Prayer of 
the Petition by this hon bie Court will not only be a Depriving 
of our Constituants as well as the Towns above us, and oth- 
ers, of their Lawful! right & Priviledge but also be a Leading 
Example for other Injuries of the like nature and be a much 
Greater Injury to the Province in Generall Than Benefitt to 
the Petitioners or others, in That it would cause the People of 
this Town and the Towns above us Instead of Transporting 
their Lumber to Portsmouth to Convey the Same to Haverhill 
and Newbury and thereby very greatly obstruct the Trade of 
this Province. 

We do therefore Humbly Intreat That your Excellency & 
this Hon'"'' Court will duely Consider the foregoing reasons and 
what we may Further Crave Leave to offer why the Prayer of 
the said Petitions should not be Granted Considering the many 
bad Consequences it might be attended with, and humbly hope 
and Desire That Your Excellency and hon" will in your great 
wisdom Prevent the Same by not Granting the Prayer of said 
Petition. 

EZEKIEL GlLMAN 

Daniel Gilman 

Nich' Ferryman 



Jedediuh Philbrick Agent for and in behalf of the Town of Kingston 
in said Province humbly craves Leave to present the foregoing answers 
or reasons made in behalf of y e Town of Exeter as answers for and in. 
behalf of said Town of Kingston it being their Grievances & Dangers 
truely Expressed Si. for y same reasons pray that the Prayer of the Pe- 
tition for building a Bridge over y c river betwixt Stratham & New Mar- 
ket may not be Granted 

Jed Philbrick 

At a Meeting of the free holders & Inhabitants of the Town of Exe- 
ter holden at the Town house in s 1 ToAvn Jan'-' 19 h 1746-7 Whereas no- 
tice hath been Given in the publick prints that New Market Stratham 
& several of the adjacent Towns have petition'd the Gen' Court of this 
Province for Liberty to build a bridge Crost the River that parts New- 
market & Stratham" at the ferry or a Little above & that the s' 1 Peti- 
tioners are to be heard on s ,! petition on the Second Day of s (l Courts 
next Setting & those that are ag r the Prayer of s ' Petitions being Grant- 
ed are in s' 1 Prints notifyed to appear to Show Cause ag l the Granting 
the Prayer of s l! Petitions, 

Voted M- Nich" Perryman Maj r Ezekel Gilman & Cap : Daniel Gil- 
man be agents that they or Either of them appear in behalf of the Town 
to Shew Cause why the Prayer of the Petitions should not be Granted-. 
A true Copy 

Zebulon Giddings Townclerk 



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580 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Reply to Exeter s Objections. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt. Gen Gov r 

& Command' in Chief the Hon e His Majestys Council & 

House of Represent* for the Prov e of New Hamp r -. 

The Reply of the Petitioners for a Bridge over the River at 
New Market to the Objections made by the agents of the Town 
of Exeter. 

I st It is objected a bridge would stop the course of the fish 
&c. This is w* the objectors cannot prove, it is Gratis dictum, 
nor does it carry probability with it that an open Bridge as this 
is proposed to be. should stop the passage of Fish only bv hav- 
ing a few Piers standing in the River, it. may with almost 
Equal truth be said, that ships & Vessels in the River Stop the 
Course of the fish, & so there should none of them be Suffer' d 
to pass besides the advantage made by fishing at the head of 
the River is too Inconsiderable to be put in the Scale against 
the advantage of such a bridge. 

2 their second Objection supposes that the building this 
bridge would prevent all trade &c. it is not fair to suppose the 
case other ways than it Really is, or will be. An open Bridge 
will not prevent trade, passing & Repassing with Vessels &c. 
a bridge may be so Contrived as to be very little Impediment 
to that. Some Inconveniencys allways attend the building of 
Bridges, and if none was to be built but only where there 
should be no Inconveniency attending there will never be 
another built & if that had been the Rule of judging concern- 
ing those that have been done, there never would have been 
one made over a River But in Such a Case the Greater Public 
Benefit is to have the Preference if the building the bridge will 

serve 100 People in the Course of a year to the Same Degree 1 

it disserves or prejudices 99 the Bridge ought to be built, that 
a bridge can be so made as to be very little Damage to the pas- 
sage on the River, we need only to look about us, & see what 
has been done in other places. Vessels of near 100 Ton pass 
& Repass London bridge (as well as many other places) tho' 
they are forced to strike their Masts, yet the trouble was not 
tho't Equal to the advantage of the Bridge. As to the Lumber 
Trade tis well Known it Decreases every year at Exeter. 
Lumber bro't out of the Country is carry 'd to other places 
more than to Exeter, & if this Bridge is built more will come 
over it or to it. in one year than come down the River from 
Exeter in three. 

3 their third objection is but little different from the 2 d it 
supposes that there could be no passing the Bridge, without 
Insuperable difficulties, which is only beging the Question, the 
Petitioners think a Bridge may be so contrived as to be no 
other Impediment in passing but only a few Minutes time & a 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET* 581 

little care and they have the Examples of other places & Peo- 
ple to support them in their Opinion, as to what they say 
about the Inducenv to Settle at Exeter it is a great mistake for 
they settled there as soon as at Portsm ' for the sake of the 
falls for Grist Mills & notfor the Sake of transporting Lumber 
to Portsm when every man there might cut it at his own door 
or within a few Rods of the River. 

4'" their 4th objection is still the Same only to make it a lit- 
tle more formidable, the Mast Trees are bro't in & His Majes- 
tys name made use.of, and is it more difficult for a Mast tree 
to Swim under a Bridge than for a Gundeloo of wood or a 
Raft of Boards, what may easily pass as the bridge may be 
contrived. But how many mast trees are bro't to the head of 
Exeter River in a year, & those that are might with as Little 
Difficulty be hal'd below this Bridge & would be so was the 
bridge erected, but this objection was made only to fright 
People with those Potent words his Majesty ' s use, and to carry 
a more frightful idea they Suggest the Lives of the People 
would be in danger which is nothing; but sugcrestions. 

5 The fifth Objection Relates to the depriving People of 
their Privilege, this objection operates Equally in all other 
cases of this nature & if attended to, no bridge had ever been 
built nor tyde mills, nor any works upon Rivers which makes 
the passage more difficult for they are always some disadvan- 
tage to those whose Estates lay above such works, and 'tis al- 
most impossible but that every Public work is a prejudice to 
Particular Persons, the Repair of a Bridge that the Public 
maintains, is a prejudice to the Owners of the Lands adjoining 
& yet it shall be done & the Law r will give them no Remedy 
Because Private Right must give way to the Public advantage, 
and if it is considered what a great advantage this Bridge must 
be to two thirds of the People in the four old Towns, & all the 
new settlem 5 above New Market Durham Dover &c. both in 
peace & war what is the little difficulty of the trading part of 
Exeter & those concerned with them in comparison of the ad- 
vantages of such a bridge which are so plain they need not be 
mentioned the wisdom of all well ordered Governments have 
Esteemed such Buildings a Great advantage & if it be fact that 
more of the vessels which fetch Lumber from Exeter Stop at 
the place proposed for this bridge & Raft it clown which may 
be easily prov'd, this Lessens the Difficulty to those that ob- 
ject, as to many of the People brot in as objectors it is plain 
they proceed only on this principle that it will be some charge 
to them as they fear, upon the whole it is LIumbly Submitted 
whether the advantages will not abundantly over Balance the 
supposed disadvantages, by 

T ~ ) In behalf of 

Israel Gilman y , - 
) mi 



unself & Petitioners 



582 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petitio?z of Inhabitants of Stratham against the bridge. 
Province of \ To his Excellency Benning YVcntworth 
New Hampshire ] Esq r Captain General Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief In and over his Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire, To the 
Hon bie his Majesties Councill & house of 
Representatives Convened in Generall 
Assembly. 
Humbly Sheweth the Subscribers Freeholders and Inhabit- 
ants of the Town of Stratham in Said Province 

That Whereas we have Lately heard That a Number of 
Persons have Petitioned This Hon bie Court for Liberty to build 
a Bridge over the river at or near the Ferry place in Stratham 
and New Market, We Humbly Conceive that the building of 
such % Bridge would Greatly obstruct the Trade and Fishery 
of this Province in Generall as well as Damnify many Poor 
People in their Private Interests. Wherefore we humbly Pray 
that Your Excellency & Hon" will not Grant the Prayer of the 
said Petition. 

Richard Sinkler Benjamin Palmer 

Joseph Smita Joseph Palmer 

Richard Palmer Owen Rennles 

John Cole Thomas Rennles 

Benja Norris Jonathan Clark senior 

Jonathan Sibley James Robinson 

Thomas Chase David Stevens 

John Robinson Matthew Tomson 

Stephen Leavitt Matthew Tomson Senior 

William Tomson William Mead 

Jamea Leavitt John Clark 

Joshua Rowlings Joseph Clark 

Joseph Rawlings Joseph Hoit 

Bradstreet Wiggin Joseph Hoit Jr. 

John Mead .. John Wadjeigh 

John Honneford William Chase 

Edward Mason Joseph Smith 

Jonathan Cldrk Jun. John Speed 



Petition of Inhabitants of Kensington against the bridge. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq" Capt n Gen 11 Gov- 
ernour and Commander in Chief in and over his Maj tic3 
Provinceof New Hampshire, To the hon !)ie hismaj" 05 Coun- 
cil and Representatives in gen 11 Assembly Convened. 
Humbly Shew the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Par- 
ish of Kensington in s' 1 Province That we having heard of 
Petitions being preferred to your Excellency and hon rs for 
building a bridge Cross the river at or near Stratham & New 



TOWN PAPERS N EWMAR KET. 



583 



Market ferry, the building whereof we humbly apprehend will 
greatly obstruct the trade and fishery of this Province as also 
deprive many of his Majesties Loyal Subjects of their Just 
rights and Priviledges. 

Wherefore we most humbly pray your Excellency and Hon 1 " 8 
that the praver of s' 1 Petition may not be Granted. 



Jeremiah Fogg 
Abraham Backler 
Hezckiah Swain 
Simon B;;tchelder 
Benjamin Pi\ scutt 
Nathanacl Prescutt 
Abraham Haskell 
Abraham Moulton 
Jethro Bachelder 
David James 
John Shearburae 
Benjamin Row 
Caleb Shaw 
Jonathan Iiuchinson 
Johnson Hoshison 
Timothy Hoshison 
John Chapman ? 
Moses Blake Junr 
Jona.han Pulsifer 
Isaac Healmes? 



Thomas Knoiteon 
Samuel Bean 
Isaiah Green 
Philemon Blake 
Jeremiah Green 
Benjamin Cram 
Joseph Pike 
Jeremiah Easman 
Ezekiel Worthen 
Jonathan Cram 
Nehemiah Brown 



George Conner 
Moses Bleak 
Joseph Tilton 
Robert Row 
Abraham Samborn 
Joseph Wadleigh 
John Been 

Joseph Wadleigh jun. 
Jonathan Prescutt 
Jonathan Fellows 
Samuel Clifford 
Isaac Fellows Jun. 
Abner Fellows 
James Prescutt 
Henery Sanborn 
Benjamin Page 
Jeremiah Fellows 
Samuel Blake Jun. 
Joseph Chase Halyard 
Shurboru Tilton 
James Fogg 
Moses Sambom 
Benjamin Jamea 
Israel James 
John Page 
Jonathan Garland 
Joshua Gilman 
Stephen Hobs 
Noah Hobs 
Nathl Healey 
Jeremiah Samborn 
Edward Black 



Petition of Inhabita?its of Hampton falls against the 
bridge. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Capt. General 
Governour and Commander in Chief in and over his Maj Uea 
Province of New hampshire and to the hon !,le his Maj Ue *- 
Council and Representatives in Gen 1 Court assembled. 
Humbly Sheiveth 
the Subscribers Freeholders and Inhabitants of Hampton falls 
in s d Province that having heard or seen in the Newspaper 
that Petitions have been preferred to your Excellency and 
Hon" for building a bridge Cross the River at or near Stratham 



5 S 4 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



& Newmarket ferry and we Considering the many 111 conse- 
quences of building Such a bridge by obstructing the trade 
and fishery of the Province in general and also the depriving 
of many of their Just rights & priviledges — We Humbly 
pray that your Excellency' and Hon 1 '" will dismiss the s' 1 Peti- 
tions and not errant them. 



Am<H Leavifct 
Aimer Sanborn 
John Green 
Bradbury Green 
Jonathan Chase 
Sand Shaw 
Thomas Brown 
John George 
Benjamin Sanborn 
Ralph Butler 
Benjamin Mouiton 
Benjamin Cram 
Daniel Brown 
John Brown 
Saml Lane 
Matthew Morton 
Benjamin Swett 
Joseph Bachek'.er 
John Batch elder 
Jotham Batehelder 
Joseph Sanborn 
Edward Sargent 
Ruben Samborn 
Reuben Sanborn Jr 
Stephen Swain 
Jethro Til ton 
John Tilton 
Benjn Tilton 
Jame? Prescott 
John Brown 
Jeremiah Benet 
Caleb Shaw 



Charles Stnarrl 
Enoch Barker 
Jonathan Frown 
Penjamin Shivw 
John French 
Wm Stickney 
Saml Melcher 
Samuell Melcher Junr 
Jeames Mouiton 
Richard Mouiton 
Benja Mouiton 
Jona Tilton 
Nathan Tilton 

hi 8 
.samll X Fineld 

mark 
David Tilton 
Nath Healey 
Samuel Tilton 
Stephen Healey 
Jacob Green 
Jonathan Green 
Joseph Prescott 
Benjamin Prescut 
Philemon Prescot 
Jeremiah Prescot 
Joseph Sanborn 3d 
Benja Swett 
Daniel Sanborn 
Josinh Batchelder 
Ebnczer Prescott 
Nathan Sanborn 



Petition of Inhabita?tts of lipping against the Bridge. 
Province } To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r 

of New Hamp. j Captain General, Governor & Commander 
in Chief In and over his Majesty's Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire. To the Hon blc his Majestys Coun- 
cil and house of Representatives Convened in Generall 
Assembly 

Humbly Skew 

The Subscribers Freeholders & 

of Eppin in said Province That 
Whereas we have heard that a 



Inhabitants of the Parish 
Number of Persons have 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 



5S5 



Lately Petitioned this Hon bie Court for Liberty to build a 
Bridge over the river at or near the Ferry place in Stratham 
& Newmarket, 

We Humbly Conceive That the building of said Bridge 
would be not only a great Damage to many poor people in 
their Private Interests, But would also be a Grievous obstruc- 
tion to the Trade and Fishery of this Province in Generall. 

Wherefore we humbly Pray that your Excellency & Hon" 
will not Grant the Praver of said Petition. 



John Marclen 
Edward Elkins 
John Robinson 
Jeremiah Elkins 
Joel Judkins 
Timothy Morgan 
Jeremiah Prescot 
Samuel Elkins 
James Norris Junr 
John Noris 
Jonathan Gliden' 
William Eten • 
Joseph Norris 
AIose3 Smart 
Jediah Black 
John Fulton 
Obadiah Worth 
Elexauder Robrison 
Wilyara Pre-scut 
Joseph Gordon 
John Dudley 
Coiiin Thing 
Edward Thing 
Beningmen Rolins 
Daniel Grant 
Bonja Phillbrick 
Jonathan Oilman Junr 
Joseph Tiling 
Edward Stevens 
John Drobson ? 



Simon Garland 
Moses Norris 
Jnotham Norris 
Daniel Ilomen 
James Noris 
Isrel Oilman 
Nathan Hoit 
Theophilus Wadleigh 
Jonathan Rundlet 
Israel Biake 
Samuel Smith 
Ithiel Clifford 
Saml Connor 
John Merridge 
Jo9iah Noris 
Abraham Folsom 
Elias Smith 
Ezekiel Brown 
David Joy 
John York 
Abraham Brown 
John Roweil 
John Page 
David Page 
Jonathan Norris Junr 
Jonathan Folsom 
Thomas Barley 
James Alexander 
Abner Been 
Jonathan Smith 



Coyy of a vote against the building of a Bridge over 
Exeter River. 
Province of > At a Legal Town meeting held by the freeholders of 
New Hamp r j Kingston in s d Province March the third 1746-7 
i lv Major Eben r Stevens was chosen modderator for that meeting 
Voted unanimously that we are not willing that there should be any 
Bridge Built over Exeter River any where below the falls at Exeter 
Town. 

Jedidiah Philbrick was chosen to Represent Said Town at the Gen- 
eral Court to object against the Building the above said Bridge. 
this is a true Copy taken out of Kingston Book of Records 

Attest Jed. Philbrick Town Clerk 



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$86 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Vote of the Inhabitants of East Kingston against the 
bridge, and reasons for said vote. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq Capt. Gen 1 & 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over his majesties 
province of New Hamp~% & to the Hon' ,!c his majesties 
Council & House of Representatives in Geiv 1 Court assem- 
bled. 
The vote of East Kingston Concerning the Building a 

o e> o 

Bridge over Exeter River with some reasons therefor are most 
Humbled presented, as followeth viz : 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants & freeholders of the 
East Parish in Kingston held y" 10 th day of march Anno dom 
1746-7 voted that we are not willing there should be a Bridge 
Built over Exeter River, and that William Boynton Phineas 
Bachekler & Jeremy Webster are Chosen a Committee to 
draw up some reasons for the above s d vote. 
A' true Coppie, 

Jeremy Webster Clerk 

Which are as followeth viz : Wee humbly apprehend that 
If there should be a Bridge Built over s d River it would wholly 
stop the course of the fish up the same, & so deprive these 
towns of that benefit, and also. 

That it would greatly obstruct the navigation of the River 
& so Consequently the trade of Exeter which is by far the 
nearest & most Convenient Market Town for us & the towns 
above us (that is in our own Government) which Town of 
Exeter is a very growing town, & gives Encouragement to 
these up-Country towns, to hope in great priviledges by it, 
which If this Bridge should be Built, it would so obstruct the 
trade of the River & so of Exeter that all our hopes of these 
things will be entirely quasht & so we must be obliged to 
Carry all our Provisions & all our lumber into the neighbor- 
ing Government, which we Humbly apprehend will not only 
greatly hurt us in our Interests but also Exeter, & very nearly 
affect the whole Government & even Portsmouth itself in par- 
ticular, and further we are humbly of the opinion, that how- j 
ever earnest many may now be to promote the Building of 
this Bridge, yet it may not be Long before they may see that 
the profit will not countervail the Cost, & then this may prove 
(should it be Granted) a. strong foundation laid to bring it into 
a perpetual Provincial charge and so we pray that their Peti- 
tion may not be Granted. 

William Boynton ~\ In behalf 
Phineas Bach elder > of 

Jeremy Webster ) East Kingston 

Kingston East Parish . 
March y- 31^ day 1747 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 587 

Prov of New") In the House of Representatives 14 May 1747 
^Hampshire j Voted That the Petitioners have Liberty at their own 
£v':;».~' . Cost to build a Draw Bridge over s 1 River for y 6 Pub- 

lick use, the Bridge to be built in y° most convenient manner y* maybe 
for passing of Vessels Rafts or other things & at that Place that shall 
be tho't most convenient by a Committee to be sent for that Purpose & 
Maintain'd at y ' Petitioners Cost said Com- 1 ' 8 to go & view the Circum- 
stances & make Report to y e Gen ; Assembly as soon as may be, That 
Rich 1 Jenness Esqr Capt. Jonathan Chesley St Mr. Joseph Wadleigh 
of Kensington be the Committee to join such as may (be) appointed 
by y° Hon 1 ' Council to go at y" Petitioners Cost for this Purpose & that 
the Petitioners have Liberty to bring in Bill accordingly. 

D. Pierce Clr 
In Council May 15 th 1747 

read & Concurred & Sam 1 Smith & John Downing Esq. added to the 
Committee above. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Eodem Die Assented to 

B. Went worth 



Province of ) Whereas some years past there was Lyberty granted 
New Hampr /By the General Court of Said Province for the Building 
a Bridge over the Salt river from Stratham to Newmarkit 
in said Province, and when ever the Same shall be Effected, We the 
Subscribers Expecting to receive a Benefit by the Same and owning the 
Lands from the said river where s d Bridge is ordered to be Built to the 
Country road in New Market Do hereby promis & Ingage for our 
Selves <&: our heirs to Give unto Stephen Bordman upon his request a 
good Deed of a Way two rods Wide through Each of our Lands for the 
Benefit of the publick, to pass & repass in with Lyberty of hanging 
Gate or gates., the Said Way is to Begin at the Lower end or South 
west end of M r Philip Fowlers garden at the country road in New Mar- 
kit and so running near upon a streight line to the "foot of said Bridge 
and for the true performance of What is above Written We the Sub- 
scribers do hereby bind ourselves and our heirs in the penal Some of 
five hundred pounds to Stand and abide by the Same as witness our 
hands this 7 Ul Day of January 1760 

Philip Fowler 
Robert Smart 
Province of \ Stratham January y c 7 th 1760 

New Hampshire j Then the within named Philip Fowler & Robert 
Smart Personally appeared and owned the within 
written Instrument to be there free act & Deed 

Coram And 1 " Wiggin Justis peace 



To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire The Hon' His Majesty's Council & House 
of Representatives for said Province in General Assembly 
Convened Jan y c 4 th 1760 
The Humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of 

Stratham & other Places in Said Province Shevjs 



5 38 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



That in the twentieth year of His Majesty's Reign an Act 
was pass'd Granting liberty for Building a Bridge over New 
Market River a Little above the Place where the Ferry is kept 
from the Land of Andrew Wiggin to the Land of Robert 
Smart according to the Directions in said Act which Bridge 
it was Proposed shou'd be Built by Subscription and about 
two thousand Pounds O. T. accordingly subscribed but as the 
Subscription was not to be paid before the Bridge was Built 
there is no fund Provided for -Defraying the first necessary Ex- 
pence which must be Considerable and such a Building can- 
not be compleated merely on Credit. That the sum aforesaid 
is far short of a sufficiency to Effect the Design and very few 
Persons now appear willing to join the Subscribers so that 
there is no Prospect of Success in this affair by Subscription 
Especially Considering all future Subscribers will expect the 
Same Terms of Suspending the Payment. 

That as there are Several Examples of Raising money for 
such Purposes by Public Lotterys many have tho't it a very 
feasible method <k giving a fair Prospect of Success in this 
Case and many Persons wou'd contribut in this Way who 
wou'd Refuse to do it in any other and as Building said 
Bridge appears to be a Projection of very Considerable advan- 
tage to the Public and is therefore on that 'account worthy of 
Encouragement and much to be wished to be well Executed — 

Your Petition 1 "' therefore Humbly Pray that they may have 
Liberty to Set up a Public Lottery for the End aforesaid and 
for maintaining said Bridge all to be under Such Regulations 
& managed by Such Persons as in your Great Wisdom you 
shall judge Proper and that the Petitioners may have Leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly and they will as in Duty bound 



Ever Pray &c. 

Samuel Lane 
Nathan Taylor 
Richd Rust 
Richd Young- 
John Avery 
Moses Boynton 
Nathl Bracket 
John Davis 
John Neal 
Thos Odel 
Win Burley 
Jo=eph Young 
Natal Leavit 
Thos Harvey 
Jona Hill 
John Avery 
Josiah Allen 
Henry Wiggin 
John Barker 



Sam! I>oe Junr 
Eph. Barker 
Joseph Merrill Junr 
George Veasey 
William Pottle 
Nathl Wiggin 
Henry Wiggin 
Daol Jackson 
Joseph Jewet 
Jona Thompson 
William Pottle Junr 
Saiul Pevey 
Abra Kenniston 
Robt Rawlins 
Benja Smith 
Benja Matties 
Ebenr Smith 
Joseph Sia.3 
Joseph Smith 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 



589 



Yok-ntine Mathes 
Walter B:iant 
Moses Davis 
Saml Adatias 
John Shepherd 
Jeretn Foul=om. 
Charles Runlet 
John Foulsom 
Winthrop Hilton 
Chase Wiggin 
Saml N'eal 
Robt Pike 
Caleb Clarke 
Saral Tilton 
Joseph Tilton 
Jona Robinson 
Joseph Burley Junr 
Saml Burley 
Jimes Cram 
Wm Barley Junr 
David Haines 
Nathl Piper 
John Smart 
John Tash 
Arthur Bennet 
Nathl Kenniston 
Elisha Briant 
Jos?ph Sandborn 
Kathl Barley 
Joseph Barley 
Ricbd Perkin3 
Theodore Tilwn 
Winthrop Hilton Junr 
Ichd Marston 
Dan! Hilton 
Joseph Normon 
John Barb or 
Jerem Larey 
Winthrop Piekerin 
Jona Piper 
Charles Smart 
John Berlin 
Zebulon Doe 
Jno Wedgwood- 
Antho Piekerin 
Robt Smart Junr 
Wm Perkins 
Ceo. Spratt 
Byron Sweeny 
Abra Yourin 
Jno Kenniston 
Jno Mead 
Geo Dutch 
Francis Follit 
Eiipba Wiggin 
Thos Tash 
Elias Critchet 



Benja Bennick; 
Jno Crocket 
Saml Burley 
Andrew Folsom 
Saml Harvey 
Jno Bartiet 
Wm Welch 
Ja Bracket 
Ja Burley 
Robt Rawlins 
Hub. Matoon 
Jacob Tilton 
Ebenr Neal 
Joseph Haley 
Caleb Smart 
John Perkins 
Saml Chapman 
Reuben Hill 
Saml Wig-gin 
Andrew Wiggin Junr 
Andrew French Junr 
John Wiggin 
Tho Wiggin 
Saml Piper 
Eleazr Alien 
Saml Neal 
Josiah Piper 
Josiah Hilton 
Nathl Pierce 
Saml Wiggin 
James Piper 
John Piper 
Josiah Parsons 
John Burleigh 
John Elliot 
Benja Smart 
D. Peirce 
John PenhaUow 
Wm Johnson 
Matthias Weeks 
Zeb Duda 
Stephen Bordman 
Mark H Wentworth 
John Mo mitt 
Rob Archibald 
Winthrop Smith 
Thos George 
John Wedgwood 
Danl Gilman 
Hunkg Wentworth 
Joseph Wiggin 
John Hains Junr 
Wm Pinell 
Isaac Foss 
Edwd Hilton 
Lawrence Dowling- 
Gilman 



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59o 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Joseph Pickerin James Goodwin 

Abraham Dearborn Jacob Burleigh 

AMather Sandborn Cutt Shannon 

Joseph Thomas David Lyford 

Joseph Joy James Neal 

Nicho Doe Thus Johnson 

Saml Pickerin Saml Hains 

Timo Jones Thomas Huckins 

In Council March the 13 th 1759. 

read & ordered that the foregoing Petition be sent Down to the Hon bla 
Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Sec? 
In Council November 1759 

The Within Petition read again & ordered to be sent down to the 
Hon b;e Assembly 

The Atkinson Sec- 7 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives, Jan 4, 1760. This Peti- 
New Hamp' e \ tion being read 

Voted That the petitioners have Liberty to bring In a Bill accordingly, 
Provided they give security that the Bridge prayed for shall be built & 
Maintained as by an act of this Governnv passed in the Twentieth Year 
of our Sovereign's Reign & also that it shall be free from any Expence 
to Passers. 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Jany. g tb 1760 
read & concurred 

Theo. Atkinson 



Petition of szindry Inhabitants of the Province relatitig to 

Nezv Market Bridge. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief In and over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire, To the Hon 1 ' 1 " his Majestys Councill & House 
of Representatives for said Province Convened in Gen 1 As- 
sembly. 

The Petition of the Subscribers Freeholders & Inhabitants 
within this Province, 

Humbly Shezveth That whereas there was some years sence 
a Grant made by the General Assembly of this Province to a 
Number of Petitioners, for Leave to Build a Bridge over Ex- 
eter River from New Market to Stratham near the Lower 
Ferry place and whereas a Number of Petitioners for Leave to 
set up a Lottery for the building of said Bridge have obtained 
Leave to bring in a Bill Accordingly, and it appearing to us 
that the building said Bridge at that Place will be a Much 
Greater Expence to the builders and much Less Benefit to the 
Publick than if the said Bridge should be built across said 
River at a place called the New Fields We Pray your Excel- 
lency & Honours to Reconsider the Votes Already Passed con- 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 59I 

cerning said Bridge and Grant that the said Bridge may be 
built at the s' New Fields, For the Following Reasons viz: 

For that since the first Grant for building said Bridge at the 
lower Ferry place, The Country is Largely Settled back so as 
to make the Trading & Travelling by the said New Fields 
much more Convenient and Proffi table to the People in Gen- 
eral than at the other place. 

2 ly For that the Damage (if any) to the People that Trade 
in Lumber at Exeter & other places above the New Fields will 
be much Less if the bridge be built at New Fields than if it 
be built below as the Rafts ct Lighters which Come down from 
thence, Commonly stop at the New Field to make up their 
Load & Rafts bigger. 

3 y For that the River at the New Fields is at bottom E verier 
and Firmer for making a bridge to stand fast than it is below 
and Nbt so wide by Eight rods, so that the Charge of building 
Said Bridge at New Fields would be Vastly Less than to build 
it below. 

4 iy For that there is already a high way laid open from the 
Country road in New Market to the upper End of the Landing 
at New Fields, and (if the bridge be built at New Fields) there 
will be a highway given bv the owners of the Land in Stratham 
on the South side of said River From the said river to the 
Country road in Stratha&a which will be much more Service- 
able & Convenient for People that Travel into the Country 
than the other way would be as also there will be a highway 
given from the Lower End of the Landing at New Fields to 
the Country Road in New Market near the Dwelling house of 
Hubartus Mattoon to Accommodate the People that live in the 
lower part of New Market and in Durham, which will make 
that way as Commodious for that people as if the bridge was 
to be built below. 

5 ,y For that there is a Great Trade and business Carry'd on 
at the Said New Fields (Particularly Shipbuilding) which (as 
People are Frequently Settling there) is likely to Increase very 
Largely in Case the Said Bridge be built there. 

For all which Reasons and many more that may be offered 
Your Petitioners Most Humbly Hope that your Excellency & 
Hon ri will Take under your wise Consideration the Premises 
aforesaid and Take Such order Concerning the Same as your 
Excellency & your Hon r; In your Great Wisdom Shall think 
Most Convenient and proper And Your Petitioners as in 
Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray &c. 

New Market Jan. 30 th 1760 
JoruMi.in Cruse John Palmer 

Zebulon King Moses Chase 

Daniel Palmer John Levitt Junr, 

Benjamin Morrill Samuel Levitt 






592 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



John Coker 
Moses Clark 
Benjamin Levitt 
Simon Wiggln 
Benjamin Barker 
Richard Gliden 
Abner Thirston 
William Badger 
Joseph Norman 
Green'eaf Clarke 
Enoch Clarke 
John Bean 
Robert Barber 
Edward Colcord 
James Mars ton 
James Marston Junr. 
Caleb Marson 
Jonathan Colcord 
Gideon Colcord 
Jonathan Colcord junr. 
Joseph Chapman 
Saml Baker 
Winthrop Hilton Jun. 
Ichabod Hilton 
Jonathan Mill 
Abnar Thurston 
Jonathan Piper 
Isile Marston 
Robert truss 
Georg Hart' 
Jacob Tilton 
Samuel Tilton 
Edward Presson 
Nathan Preson 
William Shute 
Wm Odiorne Junr. 
Theodre Hilton 
Prov. New Hamp. In Council 
read & ordered to be sent dow 
Theodore At 



Roger Racklyeft 
John Davis Junr. 
Samuel Robinson 
Benjamin Holt 
Benja Jewett 
John Thirston 
Edward Hall 
Joseph Hall 
Israel Gilinan 
Winthrop Hilton 
Michael Shute 
Joshua Mitchell 
Elias Tarlton 
Thomas Cotton 
William Moore 
Stephen Emerson 
John Neal 
Nathan Sanborn 
Banjman Avery 
Abner dough 
Thomas Rowe 
Israel Blake 
Saml Gilman 
John Manning 
John Leavitt 
Stephen Thirston 
John Stockbridge 
John Stockbrirlge Jr 
John Rundlet 
Richard Calley 
William Calley 
Volintine Clark 
Jonathan Robinaon 
Chas Robinson 
Saml Lane 
John Clark 



Feb? the 6 th 1760 
n to the assembly 
kinson Sec? 



To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in Chief of His Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire, To the Honorable His Majestys Council and 
House of Representatives for Said Province Conven'd in 
General Assembly. 

The Petition of the Subscribers, Freeholders and others 
Inhabitants within this Province Humbly sheweth, That there 
was formerly a Grant made by the General Assembly of this 
Province to Build a Bridge over Exeter River from New Market 
to Stratham near the Lower Ferry place ; But the same has 






TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 593 

never been improved ; nor is it likely that it ever will be im- 
proved. That its well known that Great advantage to the 
Publick would arrise from having a Bridge over said River 
between said Towns a little higher up the River at the New 
Fields landing Place so called ; a situation far superior to that 
of the Place where Liberty was formerly Granted ; in respect 
to the Convenience of Travelers throughout the Province, a 
narrower Passage, Shoaler waters, and an evener and firmer 
Bottom, so that the cost of Building would be a great deal 
Less than at the other place ; That these reasons are so flagrant, 
that most if not all those who were formerly for haveing the 
Bridge Below, have relinquished their opinion being Con- 
vinced that a Bridge at the place now requested would be 
much more for the Publick utility: besides a Bridge in this 
place would be the least Impediment to the water Carriage, 
of any other place in the River and might easilly be contrived 
so as to give little or no hindrance to the Transportation of 
Rafts &. Vessels. 

Your Petitioners likewise Humbly presume that a Bridge 
in this place may be built on any Plan your Excellency and 
Honours may see most proper to order, by private subscrip- 
tions allowing as short a time as you may think sufficient to 
Effect the Same. Therefore for all these Reasons and many 
more which may be oMered, evincing the great public and 
private usefulness of such a work, Your Petitioners Humbly 
pray that Liberty may be Granted for Building a Bridge over 
said River at the Place now requested. Your Petitioners 
earnestly Hope that your Excellency and Honours will take 
our prayer into your wise Consideration and give such orders 
Concerning the same as your Excellency and Honours shall 
think most proper and Convenient. And your Petitioners as 
in duty bound Shall ever pray. 

New Market Jan 1766 

James Johnston Robert Piko 
Josiah Hilton Wm Johnston 
John Dow John Johnston 
D.iniel Dow Thos Johnston 
Benja Dow Jr. Joshua Piokerin 
Noah Dow John Hug^ens 
Stephen Clark Nathan Johnston 
Daniel Sanborn Ebenezer Neal 
Job Parsons Francis Berry- 
James Cram David Knowles 
Ed. Hall Bergin John Brown 
Robt Thompson James Nudd 
Joshua Woo Iraan James Berry 
Chas Wiggin Willm Haina 
Caleb Mars ton AbnerHains Junr 
Moses Dalton Noah Haines 
Benja Hill Joshua Wingate 3d 

38 



594 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



David Wiggen 

Jos Johnston Junr 
Ebenr Haines 
Paul Uran 
Timothy Hainea 
John Johnston Junr 
John Haines Juu. 
Nathan Barley 
Joseph Burleigh 
Timothy Jones 
Benja Johns on 
John Jo!; n- ton 
josiah Page 
William P. tile 
Jonathan Leavitt 
Joseph 3I:sju Junr 
Richard Rust 
John Avery Jr. 
Andr Wiggin ye 3d 
Stilman Tarlion 
Simon WiggeB 
John Hdl 
Nathan Hoag 
Samuel Pottle 
John Clarke 
Saml Weeks 
Thomas Nudd 
Ichabod Weeks 
Andrew Carter 
John Avery 
Ebenr Clarke 
Chace Taylor 
John Hill 
Jacob Jewett 
John Piper 
Jona Wedgwood 
John Rand et 
Josiah Clarke 
Enoch Clarke 
Sand Nutter 
Benja Nudd 
Sim ,n Phiibrick 
Saml Marstoa 
Jona Hu-'ge as 
Joseph Picke-rin 
Andrew French Jr. 
Samuel Norton 
Joseph Chandler 
David Hainea 
Jona Elliott 
David Burley 
James Marstoa 
Thomas Harvey 
John Kimball 
George Been 
Thoa Wiggen 3d 
Joseph Young 



Ebenezer Barker 
Noah Barker 
Joseph Wiggen 
Benja Wiggen 
Cotton Bockum 
Chase Wiggen 
Thos French 
Joseph Wiggen Junr. 
Joshua Weeks 
Thomas Tash 
Caleb Clarke 
Samuel Baker 
James Hill 
Eii*ha Bryant 
John Smith 
Thomas Young 
Walter Bryent 
Jeremy Bryent 
Nicholas Duda 
Benjamin Shepard 
Samuel Shepard 
Samuel Parsons 
Colb'n Buzzell 
Joseph Hall 
Edward Hall 
Nicho Shute 
John Neal 
Cotton Haines 
Nathan Barker 
Jona Ta;> lor 
Matthias French 
Moses Clark 
Josiah Allen 
Jona Weekea 
David Berry 
Simon Loveran 
Josiah Haines 
R. Tufton Phiibrick 
John Haines 
Nathl Clark 
Josiali Hanaford 
Benja Barker 
John Thurston 
Saml Lane 
Thos Veasey 
John Tuck 
Geo Veasey 
Jos. Young 
Jno Leavet 
Zebulou King 
Saml Leavit 
Jona Chace 
Steph Thurston 
Jona Wiggen 
Richd Calley 
Wm Pottle Junr 
Saml Marble 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 



595 



cm 



Chace Robinson 

Benja Leavet 

Jona Philbrick 

Saml Mighels Jun. 

Wm Crockett 

Joseph Sanborn 

Wilhn Whipple 

Danl Rogers 

Danl Kludge 

John Rindge 

AbraTdton 

Wm Badger 

Ebenr St 'nwood 

Henry Wiggen 

Eph. Barker 

Ed. Chase 

6 id. Colcord 

Jona Colcord 

Wm Shute 

Elias Tarhon 

Hiehd Haley 

John Shu to 

Thos Barilett 

N. Hopkinson 

Geo. Hart 

Is. Mar -ton 

Nathl Doe 

Nicho lllasdle 

Ed Easthajh 

Is: Blasdle 

James Coffin 

Joseph Merrill 
Prov of New I In Council Jan 7 9 th 1766 
Hampshire J Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon b!e House 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec^ 
Province of \ In the House of Representatives Jan>' 9 th 1766 The 
New I lamps ( within Petition being Read and Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard thereon the third day of the Sit- 
ing of the General Assembly next after the tenth Day of February next, 
and that the Petitioners at their own Cost Cause the Substance of the 
Petition and Order of Court to be Printed three weeks Successively in 
the New Hamps r * Gazett, That any Person may shew Cause why the 
Prayer thereof Should not be Granted 

M, Wear Cl r 
In Council Jan' io ,h 1766 
read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec? 
Province of \ June 26 tn 1766. Upon a motion made in behalf of the 
New Hamp Ie j Petitioners that this Petition maybe Revised, 

Voted That the Petition be Revised and that the Petitioners be heard 
thereon the third Day of the Siting of the General Assembly after the 
Last Day of August next and that the Petitioners at their own Cost 
Cause the Substance of the Petition and this order of Court to be 
Printed three weeks successively in the New Hampshire Gazette that 
any person may Shew Cause why the Prayer thereof Should not be 
Granted. 

M. Weare Cler. 



Joshua Wi{ 
Waller Neal 
Israel Gilman Junr. 
Benjamin Folsom 
Stephen Gilman 
Israel Gilman Seur 
Robert Barber Senr 
Robert Barber Junr. 
David Gilman 
Bradstreel Gilman 
John Giiman 
Moses Coffin 
Enoch Coffin 
William Coffin 
Joseph Smith 
Elisha Smiik 
Ezekiel Gilman 
John Mighell 
Sand Mighell senr 
John Mars tea 
Hubnrtu* Mattoon 
George Dutch 
Winthrop Hilton Senr 
Winthrop Hilton Junr 
Daniel Hilton 
Jonathan Folsom 
John Lyi'ord 
Richard Clarke 
Richard Clark jun. 
John Clarke 
Thomas Hanniibrd 



596 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



To the Horv'' e Henry Sherburne att Portsmouth Esqr. 4 

New Market Jan* 7, 1766 
Mr. Speaker. 

Having seen a Petition which is to be prefer 1 to the General Assem- 
bly tor a Removeal of the Bridge that was to be maid a Cross Exeter 
River Near the Lower ferry (so called) between New Market and 
Stratham and am doubtfuli whether Ever a bridge will be built at the 
place whare the act has Proposed tharefore hope the General I Court 
will adhear to the Petitioners and a nother Reson for the bridge to be 
above is that Merss Shut and Mattoon has Given from under thhe 
hands to open a Road from the upper ferry to the main Road which is 
a Great advantage to the North End of New Market 

furthermore as the back Settlements Increas the bridge is much more 
wanting. 

With Submiston I am your Hum b '° Serv s 

Joseph Smith 

P. S. What cased me to write you is to Let you know the Reson as 
above why I Incline the upper place. J. S. 



Sundry Inhabitants of j\ r ezv Market <£c. Petitio?z for a 
Lottery. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Governor and Com- 
mander in chief in and over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire, The Hon l ' le his Majesty's Council & House of 
Representatives for said Province in general x\ssembly con- 
vened Feb. 23 x 1768. 

The Humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of New- 
market Stratham & other Places in said Province Shews 

That in the twentieth year of His late Majesty's Reign 
George the Second, an Act of this Province was pass'd, grant- 
ing Liberty for Building a Bridge over New Market River a 
little above the Place where the Ferry is kept, from the Land 
of Andrew Wiggin to land of Robert Smart, according to the 
Direction in said act, which Bridge it was Propos'd should 
be built by Subscription, and about two thousand Pounds 
old Ten r accordingly was subscribed, but the Subscription 
money was not to be paid before the Bridge was built, there 
is no fund provided for defreying the first necessary Expence, 
which must be considerable and such a Building cannot be 
compleated merely on Credit. That the Sum aforesaid is 
insufficient to effect the Design and very few Persons now ap- 
pear willing to join the Subscribers so that there is no Pros- 
pect of Success in this Affair by Subscription especially con- 
sidering all future Subscribers will expect the same Terms of 
suspending the Payment. 

That as there are several Examples of raising money for 
such Purposes by Public Lotteries many have tho't it a very 
feasible method and giving a fair Prospect of Success in this 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 



597 



Case, and many Persons wou'd contribute in this way, who 
wou'd refuse to do it in anv other: as building said Bridge 
will be a public Benefit, and is therefore on that account 
worthy of Encouragement and much to be wished to be well 
executed. 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that they may have 
Liberty to Set up a Public Lottery to raise money to erect and 
compleat said Bridge and for the future maintaining of the 
same, under such Regulations and managed by such Persons 
as in your great Wisdom you shall Judge proper, And they 
will as in Duty bound ever pray &c 



Thos Wiggen 
Thos Wiggin Junr. 
V/illrn Weeks 
Walter Wiggin 
*Snml Wiggin 
Isaac Foss 
Jona Wiggin 
Ephr.iim Crocket 
Jno Crocket 
Richd Rust 
Thos Fo83 
Ezra Barker 
Ebenr Barker 
Nathl Piper 
Stephn Piper 
Jacob Wiggin 
Moses Clark 
Walter Wiggin 
Tufton Wiggin 
James Bracket 
Josh Bracket 
Nathl Bracket 
Ebenr Bracket 
Jooa Dockum 
George Bracket 
Nathn Go ; s 
Joaha Weeks 
John Kenniston 
Thos French 
Jerh Avery 
Jarob Jewett 
Willm French 
Will French Junr 
D ml French 
John Avery 
Josa Avery 
Saml Wiggin Junr. 
Nathl Wiggin 
Andr French, Jun. 
Andrew Wiggin jun. 
Josa Hill 
Josh Hill 
Jona Piper 



Elisa Piper 
David Jewell 
Danl Jewell 
Thos Wiggin 3d 
Jona Perkins 
Nathn Hoag 
Nathn Hoag 
Nathan Barker 
Jona Hill 
John Hiil 
Josiah Allen 
Nathl Goss 
Saml Weeks 
Stephen Bordman 
Reuben G. Dearborn 
Danl Chirk 
Enoch Clark 
Will Jenkins 
Ebenr Clark 
Andr Carter 
WalUr Weeks 
Ichnbd Weeks, 
David Simpson 
John Folsom 
Mark Wiggm 
Willm Burleigh 
Robt Smart 
Jonh Smart 
Jno Bartlett 
Simonds Fowler 
Jacob Fowler 
Jno. Perkins 
Thos Perkins 
Davd Smart 
Hubertus Neal 
John Bryent 
Walter Bryant 
Edwd Smith 
Thos Robinson 
Jams Burleigh 
Moses Burleigh 
Jno Purkins 
Wal:er Bryant janr. 



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5 9 8 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Josh Young 
Josh. Smart 
Ichabd Johnson 
Titos SEevenson 
Benja Chapman 
Micah Emerson 
Josa Frost 
.Winthp Smith 
Eenjn Mead 
John Mead 
John Smart 
Timy Murray 
John B. M. Hanson 
Josh Thomas 
Ehenr Tasker 
John Edgerly Junr 
Danl Rogers 
Biadstieet Doo . 
Josa Crummet 
John Smith 
Jams Smith Junr 
Stephn Jenkins 
Stephn Wille Jur. 



Saml Doo 
Zebu In Doe Jur. 

John Layn 
Ephr Fclsoni 
Jona Edgerly 
John Folsom Jun. 
Nicholas Hartford 
John Hartford 
Ebenv Durgin 
Jacob Foss 
Winthrop Wiggin 
Philip Pain 
Josh Gianvill 
Benjn Taylor 
James Cram 
Danl Sawyer 
Josh Ham 
Enoch Remmick 
John Burleigh Juni 
Ichd Bracket 
Philip Fowler 
Jeremy Bryent 
John Pickering 



Province of ) In the Home of Representatives Feb>' 23 1768 The fore- 
New Hamp- j" going Petition being Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners have Liberty to bring in a Bill for a Lot- 
tery to Raise money for building the Bridge mentioned in the Petition, 
to be subject to the Restrictions and Regulations Mentioned in the Act 
for Granting Liberty for building said Bridge by Subscription Pass 1 din 
the year 1747 

M. Weare Cl- 
in Council Febr 24 1768 
Read & Concurr'd 

Geo King Dep Sec 7 



Act to raise money by Lottery for a Bridge over Exeter 

River, 

Anno Regni Regis Georgii Tertii magna; Brittannise Francise et 

Hibernian octavo. 
An Act for granting Liberty To Set up & Carry on a Public Lottery 

to raise Money for the Building & Maintaining a Bridge over Exeter 

River so called from Stratham to New Market in This Province. 

Whereas in & by an Act passed in The twentieth year of his late 
Majesty's Reign Liberty was granted for the building a Bridge over 
said River at a Place & in The Manner therein expressed which not 
having been Carried into Execution many of the Inhabitants of this 
prorvince have lately petitioned the General Assembly setting forth the 
great Benefit it would be to the province in general if that Design was 
executed, which has hitherto been delayed for want of Money & pray- 
ing Leave to raise Money by a public Lottery for that purpose, which 
having been duly Considered & the Proposal appearing to be for pub- 
lick Advantage 

Be it therefore enacted by the Governour, Council & Assembly that 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 599 

the persons hereinafter named be & hereby are authorized S: permitted 
to set up & Carry on a publick Lottery to raise Money for the End 
■aforesaid in so many Classes & Drafts as they shall judge proper not 
exceeding in the whole the Sum of one Thousand Pounds Lawful m' 
of said province provided the said Lottery be drawn & finished within 
the Term of Two Years from the passing of this Act. And Andrew 
Wiggin Sc Walter Bryent Esq"* Deac 1 Stephen Boardman, Cornet 
Thomas Wiggin, Lieut Joseph Young &c Lieut. John Barley, or the 
major part of them are hereby appointed to be managers of said Lot- 
tery who shall be under oath to be administered by any Justice of the 
peace to the faithful Discharge of that Trust & shall duly pay all ben- 
efit Tikets according to the Tenor & True Meaning of their Scheme & 
shall refund all sum and sums of Money that shall b-2 paid for Tickets 
in Case the said Lottery shall not be drawn and Compleated within 
the Term aforesaid. And the said Managers or the Major part of them 
are hereby appointed Sc authorized to apply the Money which they 
shall so raise by Causing the said bridge to be built agreable to the 
Act efforesaid with this Diiference that The Passage of twenty eight 
feet shall be where the deepest Water is instead of the Passage of forty 
five feet as mentioned in said Act & the forty five feet to be in the next 
birth on the side of. New Market, and the Passage for Vessels may be 
made in any manner that shall be more Convenient than that propos'd 
in said Act «N they shall Cause the said Bridge to be finished within one 
year after the said Lottery shall be finished & they shall be allowed 
their reasonable Demand for their Time .N Trouble as the General As- 
sembly shall Judge proper to whom they shall render their Account of 
their proceedings & all Charges & Demands Concerning the Premises 
& if any money shall remain after the Bridge shall be finished it shall 
be applied for the Support & Repairs thereof as the General Assembly 
shall Order. 

And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid that there be a 
Convenient high Way each side of said Rivers from the Country Road 
to said Bridge when built in the Town of Stratham, to begin where 
the South East end of said Bridge shall be & from thence to run 
South easterly Thro' the Land of Andrew Wiggin Esqr. to the Coun- 
try Road as the Road now goes, & in New Market To begin where the 
North West End of said Bridge shall be i: from thence to run North- 
westerly a straight Line to the Country Road near the Southerly side of 
Philip Fo%vlers Garden, the said Road in both Towns to be three Rods 
wide Sc to be under the same regulations as tho' it was laid by the 
quarter Sessions. 

The owners of the Land giving the Land for that purpose which 
they have engaged To do provided they may have Liberty to hang & 
Maintain Two Gates on each side which Libertv is hereby granted. 
Province of \ In the House of Representatives February 26''' 1768. 
New Harnp' 8 j This bill having been read three times it passed to be 
Enacted 

P. Gilman Speaker 
In Council March 3' 176S 

This Bill was read three times & pass'd to be enacted 
Geo King Depy. Sec/ 
Assented to 

J'WENT WORTH 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq" Governor & Com- 
mander in chief in & over his Majcstys Province of New 
Hampshire the Hon b:<; His Majestys Council & House of 
Representatives for said Province in General Assembly Con- 
vened the 31 day of March, 1772 

The Humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of New 
Market Strarham & other places in said Province Shews , 

That they find by experience that the Plan for building a 
bridge of New Market Lower Ferry place is not so well suited 
for that Design as the upper ferry place called the New fields, 
that the Tydes by reason of the Several points of Land runs so 
much across the River that the Rafts will almost unavoidably 
be thrown on to the Piers which will necessarily occasion 
damage either to the Piers or the raits add to this the Length 
of the distance to be built will occasion near double the cost 
that wou'd be necessary to compleat the work above. That 
your Petitioners humbly conceive that every advantage for Ef- 
fecting Such a design, is so evidently on that side of the Ques- 
tion which of the two places is the best in Preference of the 
upper place, that your Petitioners are at a Loss what reasons 
determined the case as it is. That as the place where it is be- 
gun is fixed by an act. your Petitioners Suppose it cannot be 
changed without another act for that purpose otherwise the 
People concerned would have altered the design have erected 
it at the New Fields & it is probable have finished it there by 
this time. That it is supposed with the advantage of the ma- 
terials already provided three hundred and fifty pounds will be 
sufficient to finish it that they have Set on foot a Subscription 
to Raise that sum which On the View of a Change of the Place 
will be soon full that if Liberty shall be granted to Erect the 
bridge at the Newfields there will appear a number of Per- 
sons to give sufficient Security that the whole work shall be 
compleated within One Year after such Liberty shall be 
granted. 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly Pray that they 
may have Liberty to Erect the bridge Proposed at the place 
called the New Fields may have the Property of the materials 
already provided as they are we suppose paid for or given 
gratis to the Public for the use of the undertakers or those w T ho 
were to carry on the work and that they may have leave to 
bring in a bill accordingly and they will as in duty bound ever 
pray &c 

James Hill John Neal 

Aaron Moses Michael Shuto 

Henry Wiggen Ro'.;ero Pike Junr 

Naihn Rogers Josiah Adams 

Ebenezar Stanwood Samuel Ciilman Junr 

Jonathan Colconl Eumund Chase 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 



601 



Isaac Marston 

Josepii Wiggen 

Joseph Doe 

Nathl Gilman 

Edward Colcord 

Walter Neai 

Jonathan Colcord the Third 

Gideon Colcord 

Joseph Merrill 

Caleb Clark 

Gideon Colcord 

Samuel Baker 

Elias Talton 

John Shute 

John Sweeeev 

Nathl Lord 

Stileman Talton 

John Colcord 

John Marstes 

Samuel Neal 

Joseph Sanborn 

Samuel Weaks 

Nathanl Cross 

Peter Folsom 

Nicholas Hersey 

James Gilman 

Jacob Brown 

Robert Barber Junr 

John Stanwood 

William Coflin 

Daniel Barber 

William Tyrrel 

Stephen Clark 

Enoch Collin 

Robertt Cross 

William Hains 

Benja Butler 

Joseph Morrell 

Seth Fogg 

Benjamin Clifford 

Simon Dearborn 

Ezekisl Brown 

Ebenezar Fisk 

Jonathan Eliot 

Benjamin Page 

James Sanborn 

Jonathan Philbrook 

Jonathan Winslow 

Barzellai French 

John Gilman 

Joseph Chandler 

Jonathan Melloun 

David Lawrence 

Jeremiah Sanborn 

Thomas Drake 

Job Parsons 



William Merrel 
Josiah Norris 
Joseph Gale 
Samuel Langmaid 
Joseph Smith 
Simon Knowles 
James Page 
David Kiruh'ick 
Josiah Sanborn 
John Towie 
Reuben Osgood 
Levi Dearborn 
John Langmaid 
Jonathan Clark 
Joseph Mills 
William Rowed 
Andrew Hanson 
Benjamin Morse 
Samuel Osgood 
Aio-es Dalton 
Joseph Smith 
Jos a Wingate 
Benjamin Leavitt 
Harvey Moore 
Thomas Wiggen 
Sire on Wiggen 
Jonathan Wiggen 
Moses Clark 
Ephraim Barker 
Benjamin Barker 
Wm Whipple 
Jos Whipple 
Supply Clark 
Josba Wentworth 
James Stilson 
Richard Hart 
John Hurd 
Jacob Treadwell 
Samll Griffith 
Benja Slade 
David Griffith 
George Janvrin 
Samuel Cutt^ 
George Wentworth 
Samuel Shurburne 
Daniel Shurburne 
H. Wintworth 
Eobert Trail 
John Moffatt 
Gregore Pussell 
John Parker 
John Langdon 
Jacob Sheaf Junr 
George Boyd 
Thomas Martin 
Daniel Towle 



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60S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

May 22 1772 In the House of Representatives upon Reading this 
Petition 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon on the of June next 

and that the Petitioners 






Relating to a highway in New Market. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the General Assembly appointing us the Sub- 
scribers to make Inquiry Relating a Certain High way in the Parish 
of New Market as Set forth in a a Petition to the General Assembly &c. 
We have on the 20 of March 1766 Viewed Said High way & fully heard 
the Parties Concerned there on and do agree to Report as folio weth 
Viz : that the High way above Mentioned ought to be & Remaine as 
follows. Beginning at a Gate about twelve Rods to the North West of 
Piscasuk Bridge then Running Northerly as the Way was formerly Laid 
out and* as it now goes through the Land of Joseph Hall Esq. and 
through the Land of James Marston & through the Land of Edward 
Colcorde as it now Goes to Joseph Lovering's Land then Beginning by 
Lovering's Land on the west Side of Said way and Running through 
the Same as followeth North ten degrees West thirty two rods then 
north fourteen degrees west twenty two rods to Jacob Ames Land then 
North forty degrees West thirty Rods to a Stone Bridge, over a small 
Brook the way to be two Rods wide and on the North Easterly side of 
said Line through Lovering's land to the stone bridge then north eight 
degrees east fifty eight rods to Stephen Ly fords land the way to be on 
the westerly side of said line then North nineteen Degrees East thirty 
four Rods as the way' is now fenced out then North forty two Degrees 
East twenty four Rods then North forty nine Degrees East thirty 
five Rods to Nath Ames his Land then North forty five Degrees \ 

East Sixteen Rods then North Sixty Seven Degrees East thirty Rods 
then North twenty two Degrees East twenty two Rods as the way is 
now fenced out to Jacob Ames Land then through Said Ames his Land 
North twentv two Degrees East ten Rods then North thirty one De- 
grees East Sixteen Rods then North fourteen Degrees west twenty Rods 
on a Strate Line to Josiah Hiltons South Corner Keeping the way as it 
now goes till it Comes to a High way formerly Laid out the way to be 
on the Westerly side of said Line throw Said Ames* Last mentioned 
Land. 

Never the Less since the Said Jacob Ames has by an agreement with 
the Seleet men Partly fenced the Road from Said Last mentioned Bridge 
on the Westerly Side of his orchard up a steep hill if the Said Jacob 
Ames will within thirty days from the tenth day of July next Cause the 
Said way on the Westerly Side of his orchard to be made Passable in the 
Judgment of the Selectmen of Said New Market then we think it ought 
to go on the west side and if not to go through his Land as above said 

And also that there be paid unto the Person whose names here after 
mentioned for their Lands by the Select men of the above Said Nevr 
Market. 

To James Marston 3: 4: 9 

to Edward Colcord 3 : 5:6 

to Nathaniel Ames 2: 11 : o 

to Stephen Lyford 3 : 9.-9 

to Joseph Lovering 4: 0:0 

Lawful money 

Allwhich is Humbly Submitted by 

Jn* Wentworth 1 

And 7 Wiggin [-Committee 

Rich 11 Jenness 3 d J 



TOWN PAPERS NEWMARKET. 603 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives July 5 th 1766 Voted 
New Harnp 10 { and Resolved That the foregoing Report be accepted 
allowed and Confirmed 

M. Wear Cl r 

In Council Eo ,iem Die 
read & Concurred. 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 



Petition of Selectmen of JVezv Market and others for a 
highway. 
Province of \ To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r 
New Harnp" ) Capt 1 General, Governour. and Commander 
in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province 
of New Hampshire : The Hon'"'" His Majes- 
tys Council and House of Representatives in 
General Assembly Convened 25 June 1765* 
The humble Petition of the Selectmen of New Market & 
others shczvcth, 

That the Selectmen of New Market aforesaid on the 18 Day 
of August 1763 laid out a High Way Two Rods wide in New 
Market aforesaid thro' the Lands of Several Persons ; and 
made a Return thereof (which was recorded on the Towns 
Records) to General Satisfaction. But it has sence been dis- 
covered that thro' the Inadvertency of the Surveyor there was 
a Mistake made in several of the courses of said Way between 
the Gate near Piscassick Bridge and Josiah Hiltons South 
West Corner so that instead of the Returns Directing it in such 
convenient Places as was then intended and agreed on it directs it 
to such Places as are very Inconvenient and almost Inaccessi- 
ble to the damage of some and great Dissatisfaction of others. 
Wherefore your Petitioners Pray your Excellency and Hon™ 
to interfere in the Premises and appoint and send a Committee 
to investigate the Inconveniency Thereof and Provide a Rem- 
edy Therefor by determining the Particular Place or Places 
where said Way shall go. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray. 

John Burleigh ^ 
Israel GilmanJr. > Selectmen 
Walter Bryant j 
Hubartus Mattoon James Marston 

Daniel Hilton Hubartus Neal 

Joseph Merrill Isaac Marston 

Sam 11 Hilton Winthrop Hilton 

Theod re Hilton Winthrop Hilton Jun r 

Thomas Young Sam 1 Pease 

Benjamin Folsom Robart Barber Jr. 

Peter Folsom Stephen Gilman 



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604 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

David Gilman Joseph Doe 

Zebulon Marsh William Perkins 

Sam 1 Baker W ,a Badger. 

John Pike 
Province of New Hamp re July 3' ! 1765. 
In Council 

read & ordered to be sent Down to the Hon b?e The x\ssembly 
Province of \ In the house of Representatives July 3 1 1765 This peti- 
New Hamps ) tion being heard 

Voted That the petitioners be heard thereon nex friday if the Gen 1 
Assembly be then sitting if not then on the second day of their sitting 
nex after Si. that he cau.se the Parties whose lands the said Road Runs 
thro', to be Serv'd with a Copy of said petition & this order of Court 
thereon that they may appear & Shew Cause if any they have why the 
prayer thereof Should not be Granted. 

A. Ciarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun r Sec? 
Province of Y In the House of Representatives Nov r 28, 1765 The Par- 
New Hamp' fe / ties being heard on the within Petition 

Voted That Col' John Wentworth Andrew Wiggin & Richard Jen- 
ness Esq r3 be a Committee they or any two of them to make Inquiry 
Respecting the Highway mentioned in this Petition and the Return of 
the same and where the same ought to be laid for the Publick benefit 
and what satisfaction Ought to be made for any Lands through which 
the same may Pass, and to make Report to the General Assembly as 
60on as may be. The charge of the Committee to be Paid by the Parish 
of New Market 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec? 



NEW IPSWICH. 

[Incorporated 9 September, 1762. Ed.] 

! 

Votes of a Town meeting in N. Ipswick, Oct. 8, 1764. 

Att a Town meeting held at the Meeting House in Ipswich in the 
Provence of New Hampt>hier on Monday y Eighth Day of October 
A. D. 1764 

Voted to Set a New Meeting House on the Commonage Near 
Whear the Meeting House Now Stands. Chosen to Bound the Meet- 
ing House Spot Benjamin Adams Reuben Taylor and Reuben Kidder 

Voted to accept the Spot as it is Markt out by Said Gentlemen. 

Att a Legal meeting of the Town of New Ipswich in the Provence 
of New Hampshire held in Said Town at the meeting House on the 
twenty third Day of April A. D. 1767, 

Voted to Buld a meeting House next summer. 



TOWN PAPERS NEW IPSWICH. 605 

Voted to Buld the Meeting House on the place where it was formerly 
Stakte out by a Committee. 

At a Legal Meeting of the Town of New Ipswich in the Provence of 
New Hampshier held at the meeting House in s 1 Town on the twen- 
tyeth Day of May A. D. 1767 

Voted to Confirm the Vots Past at the Last Town Meeting. 

A True Coppy of the Vote past in New Ipswich Respecting a place 
to Buld a meeting House on. 

Attest pr. Isaac Appleton Town Clerk. 



Petition of the inhabitants of New Ipszuichfor a Committee 

to settle a flan for a meeting house. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Cap" Gener 1 Gov- 
ernor & Commander In Chief In & over his Majesty's Prov- 
ince of New Hamp r the hon l>le his majesties Council & 
house of Representatives for said Province In General As- 
sembly Convened. 

The humble Petition of us the Subscribers freeholders & 
Inhabitants of the Town of Ipswich in said Province Shews 
That the Inhabitants of said Town are about to Build a meet- 
ing house for the public Worship of God there & have Lately 
had a meeting for that Purpose that it appears the said Inhab- 
itants are no Ways Likely to agree on a suitable place to set 
the same that may in any manner accomad'e a Very Consid- 
erable Number of the said Inhabitants & best Land, that 
much Uneasiness has already arisen on account thereof 8c 
more Likely to Insue and Shou'd that be the Case, May be 
the Means of hurting or Preventing a further Settlement of 
the Lands now Wild in said Town. 

That your Petitioners under a Sence of the Great Benefit 
Arising from a Peaceable Neighbourhood Now in the Infant 
State of said Town, Most humbly pray that your Excellency 
& honors wou'd Interpose & Take their peculiar Circum- 
stances Into Consideration & that they may have a Committee 
to repair to Said Town & View the Same & Report a proper 
place which We pray may be final, or Give Such Other Re- 
lief as your Excellency and honors shall see Meet and your 
Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall ever pray. 
June 25 th 1767 
Benj. Safford Abraham Bennet 

Pal tiah Whittemore Samuel Whittemore 

Joseph Pollard Ichabod How 

James Chandler Benj ; Gibbs 

Hezekiah Cory Allen Breed 

Wido Mary Foster Zacriah Adams 

John Welar Thomas Heald 

Simeon Wright Thomas Spaulding 



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6c6 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Samuel Kenney Simeon Ilildreth 

Joel Crosby Stephen Adams 

Tom Walker Elazer Cummings 

Reuben Hosmer Jacob Gragg 

Andrew Conn David Rumrill 

Simeon Fletcher Samuel Holdin 

Stephen Adams Jr. Andrew Spaulding 

Abraham Estibrook ? Robert Campbell 

Samuel Wheeler William Hodgkins 

Thomas Adams Josiah Walton 

James Taler ? Thomas Brown 

Jesse Calton Reuben Tailor 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives August 19 th 1767 
New Hamp' :f j Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition 
the Second Day of the Siting of the General Assembly 
after the 20 th Day of September next, and that the Petitioners at their 
own Cost serve the Selectmen of said Ipswich with a Copy of this Pe- 
tition and Order of Court, And also Cause the Substance of the Peti- 
tion And Order of Court to be printed three weeks in the New Hamp- 
shire Gazett That any Person may appear and Shew Cause why the 
Prayer thereof Should not be Granted 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council Augest 20 th 1767 
Read and Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives Sep r 22' 1 1767 
New Hamps e j Upon hearing the Petitioners on the foregoing Peti- 
tion and also a Com lee on behalf of the Town against 
the Petition it appears that Sending a Com ut will be most likely to 
Settle Peace in the town Therefore 

Voted That Col a John Goife John Hale and James Underwood Esqrs. 
be a Committee to Determine the most Suitable Place for Erecting a 
Meeting House in said Town and to make Report to the General As- 
sembly as soon as mav be. 

M. Weare Cel r 
In Council Sept r 24 th 1767 
Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 



Agreeable to the Within Vote We have been at the Town of New 
Ipswich have fully heard and Considered what has been offered by all 
Concerned Examin'd the Town Votes and View'd the Situation of the 
Town and from all Circumstances are fully Sattesried- that the place 
where the meeting House now is in said Town is the best situation for 
it to be Continued in will best accommodate the Town and be most 
agreeable to the Greatest part of the Inhabitants and accordingly we 
beg Leave so to Report 

John Goffe 
John Hale 
James Underwood 
February iS" 1 * 176S 



Acc't of the Pay of Petitioners & Non Petitioners. 
In a Rate of three Hundred Pound the Petitioners with those that 
Voted with them aganst Bulding a meeting House on the Spot where 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 607 

the Town Voted to Build it Pay Eighty foure Pound one Shilling, the 
other Inhabitance Pay two Hundred fifteen Pound nineteen Shillings 
to the same Rate Exclusive of the Poles 

Isaac Appleton ") 

Nath' Stone I Selectmen 

Benja Hoar J 



Province of \ In the House of Representatives Feb^ ig t!l 176S 
New Hamp re 1 Voted That the foregoing Report of the Committee 
be accepted and the Place for Setting the meeting House 
in said Ipswich Established agreeable thereto, and further 

Voted That the accomp 1 of said Committee for their time and Ex- 
pence in that Business amounting to three Pounds sixteen Shillings 
Lawfull money be allowd and Paid them by the Selectmen of said Ips- 
wich, who are Directed to assess the Inhabitauts for the Same. 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council eodem die 
Read & Concurr'd 

» Geo King Dep- r ' Sec? 

Assented to 

J' Went worth 

Note. — On MS. p. 105, of Vol. 5, is a plan of lots in New Ipswich, 
not here inserted. • Ed. 



NEWTOWN. 

[Incorporated 6 December, 1749. See South Hampton. Ed.] 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governour and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire in New England and to the Honourable 
his Majestys Council for said Province". 

The Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of that part of 
the Town of Amesburv that lyeth to the Northward of the 
Boundary line between the Province of New Hampshire and 
Massachusetts Bay by the late Settlement of the S Line and 
to the Southward of Shapleys Line so called most humbly 
shews That your Petitioners understand that about sixty per- 
sons in Number who live in that part of Salisbury that lyeth 
between the two arbres 1 lines and that part of Amesburv afores a 
have petitioned your Excellency and Honours for a Township 
of seven miles in Length as mentioned in their Petition. That 
your Petitioners are included within the bounds of said Town 
ship. That the meeting house they have Erected for them- 
selves is so situated as that it is no ways convenient for your 
Petitioners. That many of those who signed their Petition 



60S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

I 

now say they were deceived. That it will be a great Burden 
to your Petitioners if they are under an obligation to be holden 
by what their Neighbors have asked for themselves. That your 
Petitioners desire they may have liberty to be annexed to such 
Parishes as are most convenient for them till Such Time as they 
shall be able to make a parrish among themselves. 

Wherefore your Petitioners pray your Excellency and Hon- 
ours to grant your Petitioners liberty to speak for themselves 
before your Excellency and Honours and your Petitioners as in 
Duty bound shall ever pray &c. 

Feb. iS ;b 1 741-2 

Jonathan Kimball Orlando Baglv 

Jonathan Wasson David Bagly 

Jonathan Farron Andrew Whitt 

Timothy Farron Timothy Whittier 

David Gooden Josiah Fowller 

Samuell Gooden Thomas Fowller 

Philip Chaliess David Elott 

Benjamin Kimball Thomas Carter 

Caleb Hobs John Carter 

Roger Estman William Fowller 

William Sargent Thomas Carter Junr. 

Nathanei Ash Will' Fowller Junr. 

George Marsten John Carter Jun r 

Robert Marter Joseph Fowller 

Abraham Marroll John Carter 

David Marten Jacob Carter 

Iverv Fooler ? Samuell Carter 



The Inhabitants of Almsbury Peek petition. 
Province of ) To His Excellency Benning Went worth Esq r 
New Hamp e \ Governour & Commander in Chief in & over 
his Majesties Province of New Hampshire & 
to the Hon" 1 * His Majesties Council of s' 1 
Province in Court assembled at Portsmouth 
Dec r 27- Anno Domini 1743. 
The Memorial of Peter Morse, John Webster & Samuel 
Plummer for themselves and in behalf of Sundry others Inhab- 
itants of the North Westerly part of the Town of Almsbury 
commonly called Almsbury Peek and within the Said Province 
Humbly shezveth That your Petitioners Labour under inex- 
pressible difficulties by reason of our being annexed to the 
Toun of South Hampton. That the most of us live near four- 
teen Miles from the Meeting' House in said Town and there- 
fore cannot without great Cost as well as hazzard in passing 
their rocky & dangerous paths ever attend the publick worship 
of God there. 

That lying at such a distance from them we have no Notice 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 609 

of their meetings for transacting their publick affairs So that 
we have no liberty of voteing ; are Tax 1 & chosen into office 
without our Consent or Knowledge which with humble sub- 
mission we Cannot but think a very Great Grievance. 

That your petitioners also live near Eight miles from Kings- 
ton meeting House So that it will be very difficult for us to at- 
tend the publick worship of God there & we would further 
humbly suggest that Kingston haveing of late Claimed Our 
lands there is now such a discord betwixt us that will we fear 
never be reconciled so as to sit easy together. 

That we are unable to support the worship of God amongst 
ourselves (tho we are willing and desirous to Contribute to it 
according to our ability) and we liveing very near 8c Conven- 
ient to Haverhill district have some of us attended the worship 
of God at the Rev' 1 M r Cushings meeting others at Timber 
lane»for many years past through their lenity to us, unless 'some- 
times in the winter Season we have at a very great Cost hired 
preaching amongst ourselves & we apprehending that if we 
were annexed to that district it might make Two good parishes 
& would be agreeable and a very great Satisfaction to them as 
well as ourselves we earnestly request your Excellency and 
Honours to annex us to that district so that we may have y e 
priviledges as they have, & for your Excellency & Honours 

Your Humble petitioners as in duty bound shall ever prav 

&c .. . 

W illiam Sawerd Amos Clark 

Samuell Hunt Nathan Goodwin 

Peter Mors.s Richard Goodwin 

John Webster Beniman Hadley 

Samuel Plummer Edmund Saver 

Thomas Williams Nathan Hunt 

Joseph Hadley Obediah Wels 



New To~v?i Petition. 
To his Excelency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governour in 

Chieff in & over his Majesties Province of New Hamp re in 

New England and to the Hon le his Maj ;les Council. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants that Live in Almsbury 
District & in South Hampton in the Province aforesaid 

Humbly Skeweth That Several of your Petitioners have for 
many Years past been under very Difficult & Melancholy Cir- 
cumstances becaube of their Liveing three or four Miles from 
any Place of Publick Worship which is very hard upon them 
at any time of the Year and Especially in the Winter Season 
when it is almost Impossible for them and much more for their 

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: 

families to attend the Publick worship a Considerable Part of 
their Time. 

But in the midst of these discouragements your Petitioners 
have for some years Past Pleased themselves with the hopes 
that if a Kind Providence would sooner or later Provide for 
their Better Accommodation. However these agreeable hopes 
have in some measure been retarded by the Settlement of the Line 
between the two Provinces and also by the Grant of the Town- 
ship of South Hampton By Virtue of which Grant Several of 
your Petitioners fall within that Township and are obleedged 
to Pay their rates there Notwithstanding such your Petitioners 
humbly Conceive that when the Meeting House was erected 
there the Managers of that affair had Little or no regard to their 
accommodation but on the Contrary could not but be Senseble 
that we could not Possibly attend the Publick worship in South 
Hampton for a Great Parte of the Year because of the Extra- 
ordinary Dilficultys in Passing over Powow river which is very 
often overflowed by reason of Several Dams that are built 
thereon which Deplorable Circumstances have Put your Peti- 
tioners upon Prepareing to Erect a Meeting House in the Most 
Suitable place they could find for that Purpose, and it is so sit- 
uated that it will accommodate near sixty families and scarce 
any of them be obleedged to Travel above Two Miles. Your 
Petitioners therefore humbly iiope that the Consideration of 
their great hardships will so far prevail with your Excellencies 
& your Honour as to grant them a Parish Bounded as follow- 
eth : Be^innin^ at a White ash Tree by Powows river which 
is said to be a bound of Chapleys Line and so following said 
Line to the West of Powows Pond so called so running South 
West to Haverhill Line so called and so following Haverhill 
Line to the Province Line and so following the Province Line 
Easterly to Powows river and so following the said river to our 
beginning and vour Petitioners are the rather encouraged to 
expect some favour from your Excellency Because your Late 
Hon father was so remarkably famous for Benevolence & Con- 
descention and we humbly Trust & hope that those Paternal 
accomplishments will Equally attend your Wise & just admin- 
istration and we also flatter ourselves with some hopes of suc- 
cess from the Honesty & Justice of our Case & Especially 
when we beg Leave to affirm that this our humble Petition 
Proceeds not from a Spirit of Strife & faction or for want of 
Due affection to any of the Neighbour^ g Ministers but Purely 
from a hearty Desire of haveing a Convenient Place to Wor- 
ship God in constantly after the manner of our forefathers and 
according to the usual Custom of the Established Churches in 
this Country, and therefore your Petitioners Humbly hope that 
your Excelency & your Hon r> will Grant them such relieff in 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 



the Premises as shall be most agreeable to Equity & Good Con- 
science. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray &c. 



The Petitioners Names that Live in Almsbury District. 

David X Elliot his mark 



Joseph Bartlet 

William Rowell 

Cutting Farrier 

Thomas Bedle 

Dam Kelly 

Henry Bagley 

Andrew Whittier 

Timothy Whittier 

Samuel Jewel 

Daniel Gould 

Henry Flood X his mark 

Gideon Bartlet 

David Morton X his mark 

Abraham Merrill 



Thomas Carter 

Daniel Sargent 

David Sargent 

William X Sergent his mark 

David Bayley 

Thomas X Greenfield his mark 

Henry X Flood his mark 

Ezra X Tucker his mark 

Sam 1 X Hadley his mark 

Peter Colby 

David Colby 

Samuel X Jewel his mark 

Moses X Colby his mark 

John Challis 



William Fowler 

Those that live in South Hampton. 

Jonathan Farren 
David Goodwin 
Robert Martin- 
Samuel X Goodwin his mark 
Daniel Goodwin 
Jonathan X Kimball his mark 
Roger Eastman 



Philip Challis 
Nathaniel Ash 

his 
William X Sergent 

mark 
Nathaniel Asbery 
George Master 



Rogals X Colby his mark 

Cateb Hobbs 

Timothy Farren 

Jonathan Watson 

Micah Hays 

John Eliot 

Jacob Colby 

David X Colby his mark 

Aron Currier 

Caleb X Hobbs his mark 

James X George his mark 

Zacheus X Colby his mark 

Benjamin Kimbal 



Copy attes 6 

Theodore Atkinson Sec7 
Preferred the iS' h April 1744 

In the House of Representatives Apr. 15 th 1744 The within Petition 
Read & Voted That the Petitioners serve the Select men of South Hamp- 
ton with a Coppy of the within Petition & Votes thereon to appear the 
3 d day of the sitting of the Gen 1 Ass" 1 after the first day of May next, 
to shew Cause if any they have why the Prayer of the Petitjon may not 
be granted, the Charges to be paid by the Petitioner. 

James Jeffry Cle r Ass ni 



Report oj" a Committee. 
Province of ) May 27 th 1745 

New Hamps. / We the Subscribers being appointed by his Excellency 
the Governor and the Hon" le His Majesty's Council! a 
Committee to goe and View the Land and Settlements mentioned in a 
Petition of Joseph Bartlett & others Inhabitants of Almsbury District 



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Petition of Inhabitants in West part of Almsbury respect- 
ing - a Parish. 



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Almsbury Deastrick January 10 y e 1745-6 
To the honre'd Geanral Cort in Porchmoth 

humbly Sueath we hous nams are under written Lyuing in 
the west Eand of Almsbury Deastrick Lately heard that we 
are Sourounded with a Pertition for a Parish without our 
iknolidge or Leave, it Being a Dericalt and Chargabel time on 
account of the wars and sum of the Pertitioners Being But 
loin Estate which we humbly Conseave will not be abel 



praying to be Incorporated into a Parish &c : and to take with us the 
Petition & Vote of the Town of South Hampton and to Notify the 
Select men of South Hampton &c. 

Agreeable whereto we met at the House of Capt Joseph Bartiett 
in said District on the I5 t: ' Ins' (Having Seven days Before Notified 
the Select Men of South Hampton and the Select men of Kingston of 
the time Place & Purpose of Our Meeting) where being attended by 
the Select men of South Hampton and Maj 1 * Stevens being present to 
say for Kingston: we proceeded to Enquire Into the Circumstances of 
the Petitioners and other Inhabitants thereabout and Having heard 
and Consider'd the things offered and then Viewed the Situation and 
Circumstances of the Places &c. We beg leave Humbly to Report that 
it appears to us that the Circumstances of the Petitioners are Such 
that they Cannot without Great Difficulty attend the Publick Worship and 
other Publick affairs at South Hampton orbejoyned to any Neighboring 
Place for their accommodation So that it appears to us Reasonable 
that they Should be Incorporated into a Parish by Meets & bounds as 
follows (Viz :.) To begin at the white Ash Tree by Powers River 
Mentioned in their Petition and from thence westwardly to follow 
Shapleys line so Called till it comes to Powers Pond so Called and then 
to follow the Pond to the South east corner of the long Cove so 
Called, and from thence on a straight line to the Northwest End of the 
Long Cassway on the Road from Kingstown to Swetts ferry, and from 
thence on a Straight line to John Peasley's juner. Barn and from 
thence on a straight Course towards Timothy "Emerson's house till it 
strikes Haverhill line so called (allowing to any Inhabitants of Kings- 
town the liberty of Polling with their Estates Into this Parish if they 
Desire it and Give in their names to the Select men of this new Parish 
within one year after they are Incorporated into a Parish) and from 
thence to follow Haverhill line to the Province line then to follow the 
Province line Eastwardiy to Powers River, and so following said 
River to the Bounds first Mentioned : Allowing to Cap c Jonathan Currier 
Richard Currier & Larrance Straw liberty if they see Cause and their 
Estates to Poll to South Hampton and as there are some of the Inhabit- 
ants of South Hampton who own Some land that falls within the 
Bounds aforementioned that those lands while they belong to the 
Inhabitants of South Hampton pay taxes to South Hampton. 
All which is Humbly Submitted By 

Joshua Win gate 
Eben r Stevens 
Meshech Weare 





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to Seuport the Charge which will neasecary arise, Nither can 
we think it will be for the Glory of God to force any man to 
do that he is not abel nor willing to do, we humbly Pray you 
the honred Cort that you Consider us and not force us aganst 
our wills and ability. 

John Marten Robert Stuart 

Thoma.s Davis Jeremiah Carleton 

Samuel Davis Moses Carlton 

George Hadley Sargent Heath 

Francis Chase Parrot Hadley 

Amas Davis Samuel Hadley Junior 

Moses Sanders Filip Sargant 
Jacob Davis 



The Petition of Sa/n French and others against a new 

Parish. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth" Esq r Captain General 

and Governour in Cheif in and over hisMajsties Province of 

New Hampshire in New England and to the hon 1 - his 

Maj tiis Council Jan y e 15 1745-6. 

We the Select men of South Hampton have taken oppor- 
tunity At this time to Express our loyalty to the Kings Majesty 
and our Duty to your Excellency and Honours. We humbly 
confide in your tender Regard for us and whereas we have set- 
tled a church of our lord Jesus a Mong us that you will protect 
us so that we Maybe able to Support it. 

Whereas there has been appointed by his Excellency the 
Governour and the Hon aMt ' his Majesties Council a Committee 
to go and view the lands and Settlement Mentioned in y e Peti- 
tion of Joseph Bartlett and other Inhabitants of xAmesbuiy 
District and to take with them y e petition and y e vote of y*" 
Town of South Hampton (and we the Select men of South 
Hampton being Served with a Copy of y Committee's Report 
we Humbly begs leave to oppose the vote and y e Report of y e 
Committee for y e P_easons here after Mention 1 first as to the 
vote our Dissenting bretheren presented a petition to y c Town 
at a legal Meeting Held at South Hampton September y- 29 
1742 which is as followeth. 

September y e 29. 1742. We whose Names are under writ- 
ten do petition toy- town o. South Hampton that they would 
agree to pass a vote that that part of y' town w r hich Liethupon 
y e west side of powers River should be set off as soon as they 
are in order to settle a Minister that is More Convanant for 
them that is as many as shall be willing to be set off then we 
will agree to holy support y e Minister here till then If you will 
finish y' ; meeting house and settel a Minister upon your Charge* 



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and like wise to Releas us from doing anything toward the 
meeting house that has been past. 

Jonathan Farren Phillip Challish 

Micaih Hoyt Samuel Goodwin 

James George William Sargent 

John Eliot Caleb Hobs 

Aaron Currier Daniel Goodwin 

David Goodwin George Martain 

David Martain Jon a Kimball 

Timothy Farren Benj a Kimball 

Thomas Greenfield Roger Easman 

John Sargent David Colby 

Abraham Merrill Jacob Colby I 

Robart Martain Zaccheus Colby 

Nathaniel Ash Jon* Wotsori 
A true Copy of their petition. 

Attest Reuben Dimond town Clerk 

2ly we told our Dissenting brethren that we could not set them off 
for we had no power to Encorporate our selves into a town so we had no 
power to make any secession but we told our Dissenting brethren that 
it was a time of Grate charge with us and if they would Jovne with us 
in our Extraordinary charges that when they should be thought capable 
by lawfull authority to maintain y Gospel of christ among them then 
we would payback all their part of y Extraordinary charges that should 
arise to them in finishing y Meeting house setteiinga Minister and bald- 
ing for him We Did not make our Dissenting brethren this offer be- 
cause they Could Make any Majority upon tis but we Did it for peace 
we considering how good ft is for brethren to Dweel to geather in love 
and unity and that peace is the beauty of a society and it was so nessary 
and so valuable that we ar Ready to sacrifice anything to procure it 
Saving only a good conscience and so we proceeded to a Vote which is 
as followeth. 

At a meeting of y e Inhabitants of y town of South Hampton Sep- 
tember y e 29, 1742 

Cornet Abraham Brown was Chosen moderator for y e Same Meeting. 
At y* same meeting it was taken in to consideration that whereas there 
are a number of Inhabitants of y e upper or west part of this town that 
live at a Considerable Distance from Meeting and have thought in time 
to be better accommodated, then Constantly to Assemble with us and 
we being Desirous to Exercise all Christian Regard and Kindness to 
them, Votes first that ail those persons that lives above or to y c West- 
ward of Capt. Jon 41 Currier's that have a mind to go off and be a par- 
ish shall have their Extraordinary Charge that they are now at among 
us paid back again to them that is to say all their part of y e Extraordi- 
nary Charges that shall arise to them by finishing y e Meeting house 
setteling a Minister and bidding for him when they shall be thought ca- 
pable by Lawfull authority to Maintain y« Gospel of christ among them 
provided they do not molest or hinder us of y e other part in our speedy 
Seteling a Gospel Minister among us and that they pay toward his 
support while they are of us or belong to us hopeing at y same time 
they will of their own free will be assisting to us. 

2ly voted that we will make no opposition to them in their indeavour 
to be a Regular town or parrish whenever they shall be thought Capa- 
ble by lawfull authority 



Voted in y e affirmative. 
A true copy 



Attest Reuben Dimond town clerk. 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 6l< 

! 

3ly We sent a Committee to the Association meetingof y u Rev. Min- 
isters at y" Rev. Mr. Coffins in Kingston lower parrish to ask advice 
how we should proceed in a Regular way to settle a Gospel Minister 
among us and there appeared some of our Dissenting brethren and op- 
posed y : Vote and said we did that only for a Sham for we knew they 
could not make a parish but we should say when they and their neigh- 
bors could make a parish whereas we Drew y e vote according to their 
petition and they never ask us to set them off to Joyn with their neigh- 
bors for there is not such a word in their petition as their neighbours : 

4'}' We call'd a town meeting which is as followeth At a Meeting of 
the Inhabitants of y 6 town of South Hampton November y e 26 : 1742 

John Flanders was chosen Moderator for y e same meeting. At y e 
same meeting it was taken into Consideration that whereas we y tf In- 
habitants of this town being in present want of a pious Larned orthodox 
Minister of a good Conversation to Dispense y word and Administer 
y ordinances of our lord Jesus among us and it being our Duty to look 
up to Heaven for Divine assistance to guide us in all our affairs, there- 
fore voted that thursday y e 2 day of December next is appointed to be a 
day of fasting and prayer in order for y- calling and settling a Gospel 
Minister among us. 

Voted and past in y 6 Affirmative. 

At a meeting of y B Inhabitants of y e town of South Hampton Feb. y 6 
15 1742-3 Joseph French was chosen Moderator, at y e same meeting it 
was put to vote wheither the town would Chuse the Rev Mr. Odlin and 
the Rev. Mr. Gookins and their Messengers to be assistant in Council 
with the other ministers for gathering a church and earring on y° ordi- 
nation among us and y 9 vote past in y e affirmative. 

A true copy 

Attest Reuben Dimond town Clerk 

8 ly v* Rev Council came to our assistance y* day appointed and y 9 
Rev* 1 Mr. Caleb Chusing was Moderator, and our Dissenting brethren 
appeared in Council and objected against Some of the Council and y 6 
Moderator. Ask them who they wear and they said Mr. Joseph Parsens 
Mr. Sam 1 Parsons and Mr. Fogg, the Moderator ask them what they had 
against them men they said they were akend to y* man that was to be 
ordained the Moderator ask them what they had against y e man that 
was to be ordained as to his life and Conversation or his Doctrine and 
they Fledge nothing but they said y e province line would be Removed 
and then they should lose the money they Expended with us and they 
had not a Convenant way. the Moderator told them that could be no 
bar against Seteling a minister if y e province line should be moved we 
must petition to the Massachusetts Court for a parish and as to high 
ways y e law provides how they should get them so not withstanding all 
their opposition and Allegations y e Rev 3 Council see their way Clear to 
proceed to the ordaining y e Rev. Mr. Parsons in y e work of y e Ministry 
among us. 

9 1 -'' we voted that we would pav back again to them all their part of 
the Extraordinary Charge that should arise to them by finishing y 6 
meeting house Se'tteling a minister and bulding for him but then there 
was a Condition anexed to that vote, it was provided they did not mo- 
lest or hinder us of y« other part in our Speedy setteling a gospel min- 
ister among us. Now some of our Dissenting brethren say they have 
not hinder us in setteling a Minister but how came it to pass that they 
did not hinder us, it was because they could not hinder us. they mo- 
lested us and they opposed us from place to place and from time to time, 
they Entered their Contrary Dissents once and again against our reg- 
ular proceedings in an orderly way to settel a minister among us and 



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they did not enter contrary dissents only against the Rev Mr. Parsons 
but against all the Candidates for y 6 Ministry so that if they could have 
Got their wills, we had never had a Gospel Minister Settefd with us to 
ye end of the world. 

io'- v all these Molestations Enterruptions and oppositions we have 
met with from our Dissenting brethren since we offered them that vote 
yet now they would skreen themselves under that vote when they never 
Full-Fill'd y e Conditions of y e vote in anyone Article. For if they had 
Concured with us we had no need to have called so many town meet- 
ing nor been put to such an Extraordinary Charge in Sending from 
town to town and from one parish to another about y e Country to call 
in that Grand Council for two or three y® neighbouring ministers would 
have done our bissness in y c morning before y e ordination. 

lib" After we offered our Dissenting brethren that vote we made them 
another offer that whereas they had not then Rais'd their meetinghouse 
that if they would set it one mile above y e upper end of our town and 
then our meeting houses would stand four miles and a half apart and 
then we.would be willing they should have a midle line and that would 
be but two miles and one quarter each way and we thought that could 
not be hard for any to go to meeting. 

At the same meeting Cap c Jonathan Currier and Joseph French jun. 
was chosen a Committee to call in y c assistance of v e neighbouring Min- 
isters to Celebrate a day of Fasting and prayer among us. 

Voted and past in y- affirmative. 

Nathaniel Ash Sam' 1 Goodwin 

Jonathan Ferran John Eliot 

James George David Goodwin 

Daniel Goodwin Phillip Challis, 

Jacob Colbv David Colby 

enters their contrary Dissents against y e vote for y« last which was for 
calling and Setteling a gospel Minister among us. 

A true copy of y 5 votes and all y e Dissenters that lives above or to y e 
westward of Powers River. 

Attest Reuben Dimond town Clerk. 

5 J y the Rev. Ministers which we called to our assistance came up y 9 
Day appinted and our Dissenting brethren appeard and opposed the 
Rev. Ministers which we had called to our assistance and they beat ofF 
y e fore noon Exercise yet notwithstanding ail their opposition and alle- 
gations the Rev ministers did see their way clear to proceed in y r - after- 
noon to y e work of y e day whereunto they were called 

6 1 ? At a meeting of y" Inhabitants of y« town of South Hampton 
December y 1 27. 1742, John Flanders was chosen Moderator for y e 
same meeting, at y-' same meeting it was voted that we give y 3 Rev. 
Mr. William Parsons a call to settel in y e work of the gospel ministry 
among us. Voted in y 3 affirmative at y same meiting 
James George Jon* Watson 

Jon* Ferran Sam 1 Goodwin 

Aaron Currier Rogles Colby 

David Goodwin Roger Easman 

David Colby Jacob Colby 

Daniel Goodwin Robert Martain 

Zacheus Colbv Micah Hoyt 

Philip Challis 
enters their contrary Dissents against y e vote for calling and seteling 
y* Rev. Mr. William Parsons or any other man in y e work of y e minis- 
try under their present curcomstances. 



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the meeting was adjourned from y- 27 Day of December 1742 to y* 5 
3 Day of Jaiv 1742-3 the meeting was Readjourned from y e 3 Day of 
Jan. 1742-3 to y 17 day of y e presen Jari- y at 12 of y e clock. 

At y e Readjournment of y e same meeting it was voted that the 23 
Day of Feb. next is appinted to be a day of ordination among us. 
Voted in y* affirmative. 

At y e same meeting John Ordway Thomas Merrill Joseph French 
and Abraham Brown was chosen a Committee to send letters to y* 
Rev. ministers and messengers to be assistant in gathering a church 
and in ordaining y e Rev. Mr. William Parsons in y e work of y e minis- 
try among us. Voted in y e affirmative. 

At y e same meeting y e Rev. Mr. Causing Mr. Whiple Mr. Joseph 
Parsons Mr. Sam' Parsons Mr. Fogg Mr. Webster Mr. Coffin were 
chosen a council to Carry on y e work of y* ordination among us. 
Voted in y e affirmative. 

A true copy of y e votes and all y* Dissenters that lives above or to y e 
westward of Powers River. 

Attest Reuben Dimond town clerk 

fy We Call the Rev. Council to set y e day before y e ordination and 
we notified our Dissenting brethren that they might come and shew 
Reasons if any they had why y* minister should not be ordained, but 
before y e time appointed Came we heard rhat our Dissenting brethren 
had made Report that they would take of our Council for some were a 
kind to y" man that was to be ordained and others had given Judgment 
before, so we hearing of their Strategem and not being Ignorant 
of their Devices we considered it was eser to prevent a Desease then 
to cure it or to Keep an adversary out while he was out than to git 
him out when he is in, so we being forewarned we thought it best to be 
fore armed, so we call'd the town togeather again to chuse other minis- 
ters, but our Dissenting brethren was very Refractory and said What 
must you appint a place for us to set our Meeting house? no thats what 
we wont Do. 

12'j' the Gent'men Committee that was appointed by his Excellency" 
Governour and the Hona^ 1 " his Majesties Council to view the lands and 
Settelments mentioned in y petition of Joseph Bartlett and others 
came by your houses to our Meeting house about a mile below Powers 
River and they never vied y-' situation of y c east end of y* town to see 
the Difficult sircomstances that them people labours under in going to 
y« Publick worship and so never considered whether we were capable 
to make a parrish or not but say it appears Reasonable to them if y e 
petitioners should be Incorporated into a parrish by meets and bounds 
and according to their boundary* they comes within a mile of our 
meeting house and so they havetaken "of all y a inhabitants that lives 
west of our meeting house saving four houses and so it appears to us 
that it will brake up an old parrish to a new one. 

I3>' the petitioners petitioned for a parrish beginning at a white Ash 
tree by Powers River and from thence to fowllow Shapleys line so 
called till it comes to the head or Westerly part of Powers pond so 
called and then to Run South West to Haverhill line so called and 
from thence to follow Haverhill line to the province line, then to follow 
ye province line easterly to Powers River and so following s 1 River to 
y e first mentioned bound and y° Gent' 1 - Committee, say they being 
attend by y* Selectmen of South hampton and Major Stevens being 
present to say for Kingston, In fact it appears to us that Major Stevens 
said well to save Kingston for he or they have cut doun their petition 
from y* head or westerly part of powers pond so called to y e South east 
corner of y* long Cove so called and not allowing y e petitioners to En- 



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elude any land or Settelments within y e line of their petition that 
Kingston claims but they have un Reasonably Entruded upon South 
hampton a lettel poor parish at y* 3 best are much Inferiour to Kingston 
upper parish both as to men and Eastes. 

I4 ; >' the Gent" e: ' Committee say that it appears to them that y e Cur- 
comstances of y e petitioners are such that they cannot without greate 
Difficulty attend y e publick worship at South Hampton, we answer we 
had liberty to buld a Cassway on a mans land and accordingly we bult 
a Cassway and bult a bridge and there are severl Famlies that lives to 
y* west of Powers River that have all ways attended y* publick worship 
with us ever sence we have been Incorporated into a town and there 
are some that come several times to our meeting y x lives above y* west 
end and y e other Inhabitants might come as well as their neighbours 
and we should have had a commodious highway before this time if 
they had not opposed us and put it by but now we have laid out a new 
highway from y s highway y* leads from y e meeting house to a highway 
or publick Rhoad that leads from Kingston through y- west part of 
South hampton to Amsburv. 

15 the gent nien Committee say it appears to them that y e petitioners 
cant be Joyned to any neighbouring place for their accommodation but 
it appears to u? that they can or else where is that Inhabitants that 
belongs to Kingston that they have given libity to pole to this new par- 
rish if they Desire it, if y a petitioners had set their meeting house 
higher up then there might have been some taken of y e upper end of 
South hampton and some of Kingston and have made a good parrish 
and not have broken up South hampton. 

16 •' if our Dissenting brethren can git to Powers River for a Dividin 
line to make them a parish it will sartainly break up ours and we shall 
take it hard that an old parrish should be broke up for a new one for 
they will come within a mile of our meeting house and take off all y^ 
houses most of our meeting house but foure and then our brethren at 
y e east end of y* town say y' meeting stands at one end of y® people 
and there going off at y- west end of y e town dont bring y meeting 
house any nearer to them but makes them a great Deal more Charge to 
pay and they as fur from meeting as ever and they say if thos'e men 
which were petitioners for ye town May go off, surly they that were 
non petitioners may go off also and so they will be annexed to Kings- 
ton parrish and then there are some of our brethren that lives on y e 
northerly part of the Town y* say if they goes off at both ends of y a 
town then they will be annexed to Kingston lower parrish for it is Im- 
possible that the middle part should support the Charges and then 
there are a few families that lives next to y e Province line that can in no 
wise Support the charges nor Do y e Duty o{ a town and we humbly 
Conceive that this Hon able Court wont set them off to Joyn with Salis- 
bury because this is a seprate Government and so them men are ritt for 
no body and so they are in that affair of all men y ' most misrable 

iy 1 -'" if twenty men in this town should Divide this town they will 
Encourage thirty in another town and them thirty will say if twenty 
can Divide a town surly thirty can and so they wiilgoe on from bad to 
worse till they Grows Incorrigible, if these Examples should be tol- 
erated in these our Dissenting brethren thev will Corrupt other and if 
it should be followed by many it would prove ye Dissolution an Confu- 
tion of touns parrishes and Churches for as sone as y° minor part sees 
they cant make a majority upon y* Major part they say we will have a 
meeting house and a minister of our own and so insted of having a 
Great many meeting houses and ministers in a littel time there wont be 
any for they cantpossable be supported.. 

i8 Iy if this Hon : *' e court Should see fit in your Great wisdom set 



To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral and Governour in chief in and over his Majesties Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in New England and to the Hon- 
ourable his Majesties Council Jan y 15, 1745-6 
the Petition of Sundry of y- Inhabitants of South Hampton 
living at y- East end of "the town Humbly Shezueth, 

Whereas in time past there was Sundry petitioners of y e 
Northerly part of Salisbury and Almsbury which by Runing 
y e Province Line was taken into y e province of New Hamp- 
shire which preferd a petition to" this Honourable Court in 
order to obtain a town or parish and we your Humble Peti- 
tioners Did at y e Same time prefer a petition to this Honoura- 
ble Court and Humbly offerd that we could in no wise joyn 
with them in any of tiieir proceedings of that nature, but we 
petition'd that we might be annexed to Kinsington parrish 
but this Honourable Court in their great wisdom Did not see 
fit to grant our petition but Incorporated us with the other pe- 
titioners into a town Called by y e name of South Hampton 
but now we understand that there has been a Committee sent 
by this Honourable Court to view y lands and Settelments of 
those petitioners that lives at y e west end of our town and that 
have made Report that it appears to them Reasonable that 
they with others should be Incorporated into a parrish by 
Meets and bounds and according to their butment to Powers 
River they comes within a mile of our Meeting house and 
they have taken of all y 3 Inhabitants that lives west of our 



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TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 6 1 9 

off these petitioners according to y 6 bounderyes of y e Committee Re- 
port Then we Humbly pray that we might be annexed to y e town that 
we lays ajacent to for we cant in no wise support y e charges nor Do the 
Duty of a town. 

19 We do Declear this Day to this Hon aMe court that we have not 
willfully Endeavoured to take any Indirect way contrary to the law of 
our province to Defraud any brother [we wish our Dissenting brethren 
all well] we wish brotherly love might be with us and Continue, we 
wish that Grace Marcy and peace might be multiplied among us that 
tl\e God of love and peace might Dweel with us, we wish all things 
might be done with Charity, we wish we might have a Quiet and peace- 
able Settlement ina Way of Righteousness that we might all be built 
to eternal life through Faith in Jesus Christ our lord. I 

2o''y by what has been all Ready offered we Doubts not but your Ex- 
cellency and Honours in your great wisdom and Goodness will see Just 
Cause to Reverse y e vote and petition of our Dissenting brethren and 
accordingly Grant our Request. 

Reuben Dimond ~) Selectmen 
♦ . et [ for 

Sam French J South Hampton 

South Hampton 

Jan y° 14, 1745-6. 



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620 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

1 

Meeting house save four houses and so they have brought y e 

Meeting house to one end of y (; people and there are some 

famlys at y c east end of y town that lives as far from meeting 

by y c Road as Most of them at y l! west end of y* town and 

their going off Don't bring y- Meeting house any Nearer to 1 

us but it makes us a great Deal More Charge to pay and we 

are as far from Meeting as ever And we Humbly Conceive 

that if those men which were petitioners for y e town may go 

off that those men which were non petitioners may go off 

also. 

Wherefore we vour Humble petitioners which formily pro- 
ferd a petition to this Honourable Court and some other of 
our Neighbors Humbly begs leave to revive our former peti- 
tion and pray that we may be annexed to Kir.sington parrish 
and there Do our Duty and there Injoy the priviledgs of towns 
men, so shall we as in Duty bound ever pray &c. 

Jam y e 14, 1745-6 

Sam !i French Jacob Fowler 

Ephraim Brown Abner Fowler 

Eliphilet Maxfield Daniel Carter 

Asa Flanders Nathanel French 

Samuel Flanders Caleb Clough 

Abrahm Brown Humphrey Clough 

Amos Page Benjamin Brown 
Daniel Page 



Petition of Jfr. Thomas JFozvler against a nezv parish. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqu Captain General 

and Governour in Cheif in and over his Majesties province 

of New Hampshire in New England, and to "the Honourable 

his Majesties Council Jam y'- 15 1745-6. 

The petition of sundry persons whose name are under Kit- 
ten humbly sheweth whereas we vour humble petitioners being 
as we apprehend Encluded within y e line of a petition of sun- 
dry petitioners belonging to South hampton and there about 
which are about to be Incorporated into a parrish and we your 
humble petitioners humbly offer that we can in no wise joyn 
with them in any of their proceeding in that nature, for there 
are y 2 best part of twenty of these petitioners that some are 
moved out and others that are not able to Support y e Charges 
nor Do y e Duty of a parrish and there are eaight families that 
are Encluded within y c ' line of their petition that are Quakers 
and y" most of them y e best livers in y line of their petition 
and they are Exempted by law from Ministry charges and y e 
Meeting house Don't stand in y c Right place it ought to be 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 62 I 

moved furder up toward Kingston and there it would accom- 
modate more people. 
Jan y y e ro, 1745-6 

Thomas Fowller 
Joseph Fowller. 



At a lagual Meeting of y' Inhabitants of y 3 town of South Hampton 
July y e ? Va 174S John Paige Esqr was chosen Moderator. 

At y e same Meeting it was Consider'd that whereas there are a Num- 
ber of persons that Lives at y 3 west end of this town that thinks they can 
better accommodate themselves by joyning with their Neighbours for a 
Meeting house then Constantly to Assemble with us and we being will- 
ing to shew them all Christian Regard and Kindness voted that all those 
persons that lives at y e west end of this town that have a Mind to go off 
shall have y e Liberty to pole of themselves and their Estates which they 
now. have and joyne with their Neighbours in y e District for a parrish 
in % all affairs provided they pole oil or File a list of their Names 
with his Excellency the Governor within thirty Days from y e Day of y« 
Date hereof. 

Voted in the affirmative. 

A true Copy 

Attest Reuben Dimond town clerk 



To his Excelency Benning Wentworth Esquire Capt. General 
and Governor in Chief in and over his Majesties province of 
New hampshire in New England and to y e honrable his 
Majesties Council in General Court Assembled. 
The petition of sundry whose Names are hereafter Subscribe 
humbly se~ueth that we your petitioners under stand that there 
are Certain men of Aimsbury District and some of South 
Hampton that have in time past prefered a petition to this 
Honourable Court praying to be Incorporated into a parrish by 
mets and bounds begrininp- at a white ash tree standing bv Pow- 
ers River and so to fowllor Shaples Line to y e west end of 
powers pond so called and then to Run South west to haver- 
hill Line and then to foller haverhill line till it meets y L ' prov- 
ince line and then to foller y e province line Easterly to Powers 
River and then to fowller Powers River up to y beginning and 
we your petitioners apprehend that we are Included within y e 
lines and boundrvs of their petition and we humbly offer to 
this" Hon * ble Court that we cant in any wise Joyne w 7 ith them 
for a parrish, for these Reasons. First their proceeding as to 
a Parrish have been very privet as to our Knowledge ever 
since y e year 1742 and they having given out word as we hear 
y l we wear not worth asking to Joyne with them but if they 
could git their petition granted then they would order us as 
they see fit but God in his all wise Providence has furnished us 



622 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

with a place for his Publick worship more convenant than it 
can be for us to be compeled to joyne with them we your pe- 
titioners have been at charge to promote y. e Gospel of christ 
peaceably and it will be very prejudicial for us to stand in such 
a Relation with them. 
Dated July 29, 1748 

James Davis Jonathan Carlton 

Robert Stuart Thomas Johnson 
Joseph Rogers his 

Samuel Stuart Jonathan X Ordway 
Moses Davis mark 

Philip Davis Joseph Ordway 

his William Collins 1 

Thomas X Davis Francis Chase 

mark Peter Colby 

Jacob Davis Jacob Challis 



To his Excelency Banning Wentworth Esq r Capt. General and 

Governour in Chief in and over his Majesties province of 

New Hampshire in New England &c. 

Whereas the Sec' 7 by your Excelency command Did Rec- 
ommend a letter to us y e Select men of South Hampton Dated 
June y e 14' ' 174S Signifying that y e Inhabitants of Almsbury 
District have set forth their unhappy Situation and they are 
Desirous y r y c town would Set off a sufficient Number of In- 
habitants to their assistance or else they would be an next to 
South Hampton &c that is what y e town cant in no wise agree 
to y r y e District should be an next to y c town for y e Reasons 
Fowlering. i" r we apprehend that them men wont be Con- 
tented without a Nother Minister and two Ministers is what we 
cant possable Support among such a Small number of people 
and upon such a Narrow Strip of Land and we have several 
poor people among us and we have for several years past been 
involved in a soar and a greivious war w cU has Created a great 
charge and what will be the Result there of we know not and 
it has pleased Almighty God in his all wise providence to visite 
many families among us with a soar and Long sickness which 
has caused great Expence for Physicians Nursing and other 
Nesicaries. 

2 ly there wear thirty men or there about among us who aty* 
first erected our meeting house and laid out between three and 
four hundred pounds in that way and them men gave it up to y e 
town for y e towns use to make peace, so our contending breth- 
ren at y c ' west end of y e town paid Nothing toward that charge 
and we have built a passonage house and barn and fenced our 
passonage and there were Cartain men among us that Duge 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 623 

a well for our Minister and Stoned it and there wear other gen- 
erous men built a pound and gave that to y'" town for y e towns 
use, so our Contending brethren paid Nothing toward Either 
of them and we have laid out a great Deal of money in pur- 
chasing high ways in y e town and we have got a high way that 
Leads Directly from our meeting house up among y e Inhabit- 
ants at y e west end of y e town and we have built a spacious 
bridge over y e River and made it a fine way and it is traveled 
by many of his Majesties good Subjects and our Contending 
brethren have no Need to complain for want of a way for they 
may come to meeting with the neighbors if they would and 
this may Inform your Excellency that these Extraordinary 
Charges we have been Exposed to. 

3'-'" if y e District should be annext to South Hampton we 
humbly Conceive that they will make a Majority and then they 
will oblige us to help them and pay our proportion with them 
in finishing their Meeting house which is only a frame with a 
few boards on it. 

And build them a parsonage house and barn and Dig a well 
and buy them a parsonage and fence it which will in this Day 
Cost of our money near four thousand pounds old tennur as 
it has been Computed. 

Now for these men of the District to Desire to be annext to 
South Hampton and make us bear such an Extraordinary 
charge with them when they never paid y* thousand' 1 part of 
a penny toward our Extraordinary Charges it appear to us to 
be an actually cheat and a piece of oppression and it is very 
unadequate and if your Excelency should be pleased to grant 
them men their Disire in this thing it would make a prodigious 
Quarrel and prove the Dissolution and Confution of our town 
and our Latter end will be worse then our beginning for y c an- 
nexing of them men to South Hampton cant be for the good 
of y ti town, it Directly and surely tends in y e Natural Course 
of things to our utter Ruin and Destruction, the Subversion of 
our Constitution and it Deprives us of our just Rights and it 
lays Such a heavey yok upon our necks that we nor our chil- 
dren Cant bear. 

4 :y our Contending brethren the Cheif men that oppose us 
signed our petition with us and we never Intended to make 
but one parrish and since they Retrograded and gon back from 
what they sign'd with us and if they had set their meeting 
house one mile or there about higher up in y e District they 
might have men enoufe to Joyn with them to make a good 
parrish and not have broke up South Hampton, but our con- 
tending brethren with some others of y e District have set up a 
frame of a meeting house just over y e Line at y e west end of 
our town where it would sut them and they think we are bar- 



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624 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

barous to Disire them to assemble with us and yet they would 
tak of a Number from us against their wills who sets Down 
easy with us and Count that no barbarity at all and if our 
Contending brethren think it hard to joyn with us against their 
wills then Consequently they may think it hard for our breth- 
ren who set down easy at y e first and went on chearfuily with 
us in all our Extraordinary charges to be forced to Joyne with 
them against their wills and so we will force no man to go off 
from us but give every man his liberty to go or stay and since 
your Excellency has desired that we would set off a sufficient 
number to their assistance we Know no Number more sufficient 
to go off than they that are willing 

Richard Collins jun. ~\ Select men 
Richard Currier > of 

Benjamin Brown ) South Hampton 



South Hampton papers Setting off 28 persons to a New 

Town. 

p. .. e ■) South hampton July the iS' h 1 74S 

XT tt , • [ To his Excelency Beniug Wentworth 

New Hampshire j n s to 

1 ' Governor ccc. 

Excelent Sir. 

After Returning you hearty thanks for your care and kind- 
ness toward us we once more make bold to trouble you with 
a few lines &c. 

And first of all wee woold mention to your Excelency the 
Late proceeding of South hamton in a meeting on the 7 th 
instant at which meeting they past a voat as folloeth (without 
the Least regard or reference to your Excelencys Direction in 
your Late Letter) with a plasable pretence of Christianity 
gieves Liberty to all persons that lieve att the west end of the 
town to pole of within thirty days with their Estates that they 
now have in which they have no regard to any Lands or Es- 
tate own'd by any persons that are not inhabitants in the town 
notwithstanding "there is Considerable of Lands ownd by per- 
sons that are not inhabitants who have been with us in all our 
trouble and charg and we doubt not but that they woold be 
yet with us had they the Liberty. 

but however South hamton might flater themselves that few 
or none woold pole off on such a footing as they put it yet by 
the good provedence of God wee whose names are under 
written by your Excelencys leave are resolved, to pole off in 
order to be incorporated in to a Parrish with those of the des- 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 62 



trict within the Limets or boundaries of the Com tee; Reporte 

unless your Excellency Should provide better for us. 
Jonathan Farren Robert Martin 

Micah Hoyt James George 

Tho* Tuxbery David Colby 

Tho' Carter " Zacheus Colby 

Benja Carter Jonathan Kimball 

Orlando Carter Aaron Currier 

Bettj* Kimball Tho 4 Jewel 

John Carter Phillip Challis 

Sam 1 Carter Daniel Goodwin 

Jacob Colby Tho s Greenfield 

Roprles Colby Nathanel Ash 

Nathan 1 Colby Abraham Merrill 

Jonathan Watson David Goodwin 

Roger Easman Zebulon Fan-en 

Sam' Goodwin John Eliot 

_ «- ,, ' These Certify that the List of the mens names above 

. a. p mentioned were entred with his Excellency the Govern- 

our & lodged in the Sect's ofRce the 2 1 day of August 174S. 

Attest 1 " Theodore Atkinson Sec? 

On the Charter Is to be Enter'd the Vote of South Hampton July 

7 th I74S 

Polled off July iS 1748 28 persons 

Polled off Aug 1 1748 2 more 

30 



To his Excellency Benning Wenworth Esq r Capt. General 

and Governor in Chief in and over his Majesties Province 

of New Hampshire in NewEnglaid and to the Honourable 

his Majesties Council in General Court Assembled. 

the petition of the Inhabitants of South Hampton humbly 

SJic'vclh that whereas it was voted at a Meeting held at South 

Hampton July y- 7' ' 174S that all y* Inhabitants that lives at 

y e west end of this Town that have a mind to go off shall 

nave y' liberty to poll off themselves and their Estats and 

Joyne with their Neighbors in y e District for a parrish in all 

affairs and there was no provision made in that vote for them 

that polid oft* to make and keep their proportion of y e high 

ways in good Repair — 

Wherefore we your humble petitioners humbly Addresses 
this Honourable Court and pray that when ever this Honoura- 
ble Court shall poll them men off to Joyne with y e District 
that they may be orderd to make and Repair their proportion 
of y " highways in y town as they have Done in time past and 
that y e new parrish may at their "Election Day for chusing par- 
rish offeciers Elect one Surveyor or more to order that affair 
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626 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

and keep y c ways in good Repair from time to time as occa- 
sion may Require. 

So shall we as in Duty bound ever pray &c. 

Richard Collins ") Selectmen 

Benjamin Brown Jun. > for 

Richard Currier j South Hampton 

Dated July y e 2o C! 1748 

Israel Dimond Reuben Dimond 

Samuel Currier Henry Currier 

Joseph Chandler Elijah Rowell 

Thomas Merrill Nathanel Merril 

John Flanders Joseph French 

Sam ; Barnard Eliphelet Merrill 

Samuel French Er Colby 
Jacob Fowler 



yon'- Watson & Roger Easman pole off from South Ha?np~ 
ton to the JVew Town. 
Province of ) South Hamton August 1, 1748 

New Hampshire \ To his Excelency Bening Wintworth Gov- 
ernor &c. 
Excelente Sir 

we having tak" into Consideration the ill sircumstances that 
we mus be under in Case we should not take the Liberty to 
pole of when we may, we Resolve with y r Excelencies leve 
agreable to the Liberty Granted us by the voate of South 
hamton July 7- 174S to pole off and desire therefore that our 
names may be rec'd on file by your Excelency and youl yett 
further oblig your humble Serv :s 

Jonathan Watson 
Roger Esman 



Select 7?i en of South Hampton about Nevj Tozv7i's Petition 
£ Charter, &c. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt. General. 
■ and Governotir in chief in and over his Majesties province 
of New Hampshire in New England and to the Honoura- 
ble his Majesties Council 

The Petition of Sundery of the Inhabitants of South Hamp- 
ton Humbly Sheweth that whereas it was voted at a meeting 
held at South Hampton July the-7 -1748 that all those persons 
that lives at y west end of this Town that have a mind to Go 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 627 

off and joyn with their Neighbors in the District for a parrish 
should have liberty and there being no provision made in that 
vote for them polers to make and maintain their proportion of 
their high ways, Therefore your petitioners aply them selves 
to your Excellency and Honours and pray that if your Excel- 
lency and Honours should see it Reasonable to set them polers 
to New town that they make and maintain their proportion of 
y e high ways in this town and your petitioners pray that New 
town at their Election Day for chusing town officiers may 
chuse a Surveyor or Surveyors to see that their high ways be 
kept in good Repair from time to time as occasion may Re- 
quire and In as much as them polers had Liberty to file a list 
of their names with his Excellency the Gouvernour within 
thirty Davs and they never served our Select men with a copy 
and we Dont know that they have hide a list to this Day, 
therefore we pray that they may pay to us two assessments^ 
One made in the year 174S and the other in y e year 1749 

So shall we.as in Duty bound ever pray 

Reuben Dimond ^ Selectmen 
Joseph Frinch > for 

J South Hampton 

Feb. 6, 1749—50 



Abner Morrill in behalf of South Hampton says the s d town is con- 
tent that New toun should Comence Lower Down than their charter now 
is by a Line from a School house that stands on a highway that leads 
from South Hampton to Kingston from s d School house to run South 
to the curve line & from the school House Northly till it meets a high 
way Leading to Powo river & then on the East side of y^road or high- 
way to s' Powow river then to Shapleys line on y* same" Course. 



Thomas Merrill Henery Currier 

John Ordway Samuel Currier 

John Flanders Nathanel Merrill 

Sanv Barnard Prince Flanders 

Semeon Morel Joshua Clough 
Abner Morrill 



Little Harbour 13 th Dec- 1749 
Sir: 

You are only to Indorse on the charter of New Town as a record 
from your office 

The Vote at South Hampton to poll off Such of their Inhabitants as 
are returned iS ;i July 174S being 28 & Aug I s * 1748, 2—30 in all 

This is an act ot' South Hampton to Enable Newtown to bear the 
Charges of their town the better and The Act of Government to Incor- 
porate S ; Town has nothing to do with it, only to preserve the record 
to prevent disorders hereafter. 
You will take my fee £5 N. Tenor. 

I am Sr. 

Your hum Serv c 

B Wentworth 



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62$ NEW HAMPSHIRP: 

Coll' Atkinson 

The first meeting is to be with thirty days after the elate of the char- 
ier and then annually For ever the last Wednesday March 



jRovgh Draft of an order in Council for Polling- of 30 
South Hampton men to N. lozvn as Voted in Council 23 d 
March 1749 

Province of \ George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 
New Hampshire / Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
faith &c. 

To all People to whom the Presents Shall come Greeting. ■' 

Whereas The Town of South Hampton within our Province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid for Diverse good & Laudable motives & Consider- 
ations thereunto moving Did Voluntarily at a Town meeting held in Said 
Town by Inhabitants thereof on the 7 u Day of July Anno Domini 1748 
Pass a Vote in the following words viz : '"That all those Persons that 
Live at the West End of this Town that have a mind to goe off Shall 
have the Liberty to Poll ot themselve :. & their Estates which they now 
have & joyn with their Neighbours in the District for a Parish in all af- 
fairs Provided they Poll off or file a List of their names with his Excel- 
^ncy the Governour within thirty Days from the Date hereof. And for 
as much as Jonathan Farren Michael HoitTho ; Tuxbury Thomas Car- 
ter Benj 1 Carter Orlando Carter Benj' Kimball John Carter, Sanv Car- 
ter, Jacob Coleby, Ruggies Colby Natlv Coleby, Jon' 1 Watson, Roger 
Eastman. Sam Goodwin. Robert Martin, James George, David Coleby 
Zacheus Coleby, Jonathan Kimball, Aron Currier. Tho 1 Jewell, Phillip 
Challis, Daniel Goodwin Theo Greenfield Nathaniel Ash Abraham Mer- 
rill, David Goodwin, Zebuion Farren, & John Eliot all Inhabitants in 
the West End of Said Town of South Hampton, Did file a List of their 
names with B. Wentworth Esq. our Governor of our said Province & 
the same was filed in the Secy's office of our afores a Province on the 



Second Day of August 174S within the thirty days in the above recited 
Vote of the aforesaid Town of South Hampton meantioned, and agree- 
able to the Intent & tenor thereof 

Now know ye that for and in Consideration of the above mentioned 
vote Sz at the request of the Several Parties therein Concerned We have 
tho't fit by further the advice of our Trusty & well beloved Benning 
Wentworth Esq' our Governour £c of our Council of our s (l Province of 
N. Hamps. to order & ordain that the aforesaid Jonathan Farren 
Michael Sjc with theirs & each of their Estates they now have in said 
Town of South Hampton be & hereby are order'd Declared & ordained 
to be Polled & set off from acting or Voting with the Town of South 
Hampton afores 1 in any of their Town affairs excepting what does 
or may relate to the repairing or mending the high ways within the Lim- 
its of the said Town of South Hampton afores • with respect to which 
affairs they are to act & be governed as tho no Vote or order had Past 
thereon and are hereby together with the Estates they have in 
South Hampton as also ail Persons that shall succeed them in any or 
either of them in the improving of said estates Declared to be Polled off 
& annexed to Newtown within our Province afores 1 - there to Vote & act 
with s' Newtown in all their Town affairs as fully to all Intents & Pur- 
poses as any other the Inhabitants of said Town can or may do except- 
ing what dos or may relate to the mending or repairing the High- 
--ways within the Limits of Newtown which they and Each of them are 



TOWN PAPERS NEWTOWN. 629 

hereby Exempt from they having the Liberty of Voteingwith &are Sub- 
ject to the Legal Directions of the Town of South hampton afores d , of 
all which all Persons concerned are to take Due notice hereof & Gov- 
ern themselves accordingly. 

In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of our Said Province 
to be hereunto affixed. Witness B. Wentworth Escr our Governour & 
Comander in Chieff of our Prov. of N. Hamp afores' 1 this 22 d Day of 
March in the Year of our Lord Christ 1749 & in the 23 ' : year of our 
reign 

By his Excellencys com d with advice of Council. 



Supplemental Charter of New town. 

New°HTrripshire } Geor o a ths Second by the Grace of God &c. 
♦To ail people to whom these presents shall come 

Whereas by our Charter bearing date We have thot fit 

by & with the advice of our Trusty <>C well beloved B. W Esq r 

&c. to Incorporate Certain of our well beloved Subjects residing within 
our Province of New Hampshire on a tract of Land on the Eastern Sc 
Southern boundary of our said Province by the name of South Hampton 
& otherwise Call'd & bounded as by the Charter of Incorporation May 
more fully appear and whereas the Inhabitants of our said toun of South 
Hampton for diverse Laudable motives & Considerations, did Volunta- 
rily at a Public toun meeting held in said town on the set 
oft' Certain Inhabitants Sc their Estates within the Limits & Charter of 
Incorporation of s 1 town of South Hampton the better to Enable a 
Number of Inhabitants residing within our said Province & lately In- 
corporated into a township by the name of Newtown, to maintain the 
Gospel among them & support the other necessary Charges of a town 
Provided the said Inhabitants did give us their Names into the Secre- 
tary's office within days after such Vote & Inasmuch as A, B, C, 
&c. have regularly given their Names into the s ] office within the time 
Limited & agreeable to the said Vote of S. Hampton 

Know ye that for the Considerations before mentioned, we have tho't 
fit by & with the advice of our trusty & well beloved B. W. Esqr. & of 
our Council of our s : Province to order & ordain that the said Inhabit- 
ants of South Hampton herein recited &: their Estates agreeable to the 
vote of said town are & shall be Set off to the town of Newtown. 

And the said A. B. C. 6cc are hereby set off from Acting with South 
Hampton in their toun affairs, & annexed to Newton have full powers 
& to Votj 6: act with s J Newton in their town affairs as fully to all in- 
tents & purposes as any of the other inhabitants, of which all persons 
Concerned are to take due Notice & Govern themselves accordingly. 

Given Witness B. W. &c. 



63O NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition from Alnisbziry district. 
To His Excellency Bening Wintworth Esq r Cap* General & 

Governour In Cheif in and over His Majesties Province of 

New Hampshire, To the Hon rd Councel In s d Province. 

May it Pleas your Excellency and Honors, 

Whereas we the Subscribers Living In Almsbicry District 
on the Southerly side thereof and Nigh the Nor Westerly cor- 
ner of Newton are Nigh Naibors to Capt Follinby & belong 
to Haverhill feet company & live much better to Pay our taxes 
with Haverhill District and attend the Publick Worship at the 
Rev d Mr. Cushings meeting house than we are Like to be By 
being Set of to Kingston or to Newton : In Removing the 
Bounds of Newton further west to take us in may serve the In- 
terest of sum But we are Humbly of the opinion that it will 
Disoblidge more. Our Humble petition to your Excellency 
& Hon rs is that we may by no means be In eluded In that Town 
we haveing advised with Haverhill District and Considering 
we are so much Handier to that Place then Else where theay 
are willing to Receive us. We humbly & Earnestly Beg we 
may with our Estates.be joyned to Haverhill district When ever 
you shall be pleas : to establish them In a toun or Re New 
their District act and we shall Look on our selves In duty ever 
bound to pray <ic 

Nathan Hale 
Jonathan Calton 
Aaron Stevens 
Thomas Johnson 

[No date.l 

[Indorsed] — i; The petitioners did belong to Amesbury district, and 
were not as the bearer says, included in Newtown; so care must be 
taken not to exclude them, in Cushing's parish. B. W."] 



NOTTINGHAM. 

[Incorporated 10 May, 1722. Ed.] 

Original Charter of Nottingham. 10 May, 1722. 

George by the Grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland King, 
Defender of the Faith &c. 
To all People to whom these presents shall come Greeting, Know ye, 
That we of our Special Knowledge and meer motion for the Due 
encouragement of Settling a new Plantation by and with the advice & 
Consent of our Council have Given and Granted and by these presents 
as far as in us Lies do Give and Grant in Equall Shares unto Sundry 



TOWN PAPERS NOTTINGHAM. 63 I 

of our Beloved Subjects whose Names are Entred in a Schedule here- 
unto annexed That Inhabit or Shall Inhabit within the Said Grant 
within our Province of New Hampshire all That Tract of Land within 
the Following Bounds viz : To begin at Dover Westerly Corner Bounds 
Running along Exeter Northerly line West and by North two miles 
then along Exeter Head Line South west half a point more Southerly 
one mile and Three Quarters and from thence upon a West North 
West point of the Compas Ten miles into the Countrey, Then to Be- 
gin again at the afores d Dover Westerly Corner Bounds and Run North 
East half a point more Easterly Four miles and a quarter along Dover 
Head line Then upon a North West point half a Point more North- 
erly, Thirteen miles into the Countrey and from that Bounds upon a 
straight line to the End of the aforesaid Ten Mile line And That the 
Same be a Town Corporate by the Name of Nottingham, To the per- 
sons afores 1 forever, To have and to hold the said Land to the said 
Grantees and their Fleirs & assigns forever and to Such Associates as 
they shall admit upon the Following Conditions. 

That every proprietor build a Dwelling House within Three years & 
Settle a family therein and break up three Acres of Ground and plant 
& Sow the Same within four years and pay his proportion of the Town 
Charge when & So often as Occasion Shall Require the Same. 

2 ! >' That a Meeting House be built for the Publick worship of God 
within the Said Term of four years. 

3 1 !' That upon Default of any particular proprietor in Complying 
with the Conditions of this charter upon his part, Such Delinquent 
proprietor Shall forfeit his Share to the other proprietors which Shall 
be Disponed of according to the Major vote of the said Commoney at 
a Legal meeting. 

4 lv That a Proprietors Share be Reserved for a Parsonage another 
for the first Minister of The Gospel, Another for the Benefit of a 
School 

Provided nevertheless that the Peace with the Indians Continue dur- 
ing the afores' 1 Term of Three Years, But if it Should so happen that 
a warr with the Indians Should Comence before the Expiration ot' the 
afores a Term of Three years, The said Term of Three years shall be 
allowed to the Proprietors after the Expiration of the warr for the 
Performance of the afores' 1 Conditions — Rendering & paying therefor 
to us our heirs & successors or such other officer or Officers as Shall 
be appointed to Receive the Same the Annual Quit Rent or acknowl- 
edgement of one ear of Indian Corn in the Said Town on the Twenti- 
eth day of December yearly forever, Resarving also unto our Heirs & 
Successors all mast Trees growing on the Said Tract of Land (accord- 
ing to the acts of Parliament made & provided) And for the better 
Order Rule & Government of the said Town we do by these presents 
for our selves our Heirs & Successors Grant unto the said Men & Inhab- 
itants or those that shall Inhabit the s 1 Town That yearly & Every 
year upon the Last Tuesday in the month of March forever "shall Meet 
to Elect & chuse by the Major part of them Constables Selectmen and 
other Town officers according to the Laws & usage of our afores' 1 Prov- 
ince for the year ensuing, with Power & Priviledges & authority of 
other Towns and Town officers within our afores' 1 Province have & 
Enjoy. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our Said Province 
to be hereunto annexed. Witness Samuel Shute Esqr. our Governour 
and Command 1 " in Cheeif of our said Province at our Town of Ports- 
mouth the Tenth Day of May in the Eighth Year of our Reign, Annoque 
Domini 1722 

Sam 1 Shutk 
By his Excellencv's Command vv h advice of the Council. 
Rich^Waldron Cler. Con. 



632 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Note hy John Farmer, Esq. 
This Charter of Nottingham I found among the Waldron Papers iit 
1828. It was supposed to be irrecoverably gone, as appears from a. 
Petition of Col. Peter Gilman to the General Assembly 1783 wherein 
he says i; the Record of the original Grant of Nottingham being by 
the act of God consumed when Secretary Waldron's office was burned 
(and no attested copy thereof extant" &e. Now this is the original 
having the autograph of Gov. Shute. 



Whereas M Shem Drown of boston one of the proprietors of Not- 
tingham haveing obtained a grant of s 1 Propriatie of a priveledge for 
building a mill and of the Previledge of the whole falls on the South 
branch of North River near Bow Street and also a grant of fifty Acres 
of Land adjoining to s 1 falls, which fifty acres of Land is Laid out ac- 
cording To grants, begining at the foot of the fall's on the East Side of 
s d falls at a hemlock Tree marked S. D. from thence Runing East and 
be South thirty rods To a hemlock Tree marked with S. D. from thence 
running South & be East one hundred rods To a beach Tree marked 
S. D. from thence runing west to the River to a Maple Tree marked 
S. D. Then begining again at the foot of the falls on the west side at a 
hemlock Tree mark'd S. D. from thence running west and be north 
fifty rods To a pine Tree Mark'd S. D. from thence running South west 
and be South one hundred rods to a beach tree Mark'd S. D. from 
thence runing East »S: be South to the river Laid out this fourteenth 
Day of May one thousand Seven hundred & thirty 

by us Joseph Hall l Lotthlyers 
Edward Hall / - 

A true Coppy Taken from Nottingham Record 

Attes 7 Peter Gilman Prop r Cler. 

Indorsed, "Nottingham Papers March 2' 1 1732-3." 



We the Subscribers being interested in the Land thro' which it is- 
supposed the High way petitioned for, from Nottingham to New-Mar- 
ket will pass do hereby Signify our Desire to have y e s 1 High Way 
laid out (N: confirmed as a Publick High way & our willingness to give 
land Sufficient for s J High way wherever it may be laid out thro' our 
Lotts. 

Joseph Hall Samuel Mighell 

Moses Coffin Richard Clark 

Robert Barber Isaac Marston 

Christopher Robinson Winthrop Hilton 

Sam 1 Sinkler John Perkins 

Sm' Stevens Richard Sinkler 

Benjamin Sanborn Fitz William Sargent 

Theophilus Hardie Nem v Gilman 

Jonathan Colcord Jam' Gilman 

Steven Liford Tho^ Gilman 

Richard Malloon ? Water Neall 

James Maston Nath' Talyer 

Sam 1 Hilton Nath 1 Pee"s 

Robert Pike 



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TOWN PAPERS — NOTTINGHAM. 63$ 



Petition of dipt. Peirce and Dr. Rogers. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq 1 ' Gov" &. Comander 
in cheif in & over his Majesties Province of New Hamps re 
And to the Hon b -° the Councill & the Representatives of said 
Province. 

The Petition of the Proprietors of y e Town of Nottingham 
Humbly She-vcth 

That the Proprietors & Inhabitants of s' 1 Town, are under 
very great Difficulties & Disadvantages for want of a Suitable 
Road to a convenient landing Place For the High way already 
laid out is not only much longer than is necessary, but, not- 
withstanding a very considerable expence, the Propriet have 
been at in clearing & Bridging the same it yet remains impass- 
able for loaded Carts unless when the Rivers arc very low, 
and Tor as much as there is already a pretty good cart way 
(Comonly called Hall's way) four or five miles from the land- 
ing place at New. Market towards Notingham which if con- 
tinued thro' that part of Exeter which is between Notingham 
and y" Parish of New Market, would be above three 'miles 
nearer, & on every other acc't more convenient. They humbly 
therefore pray that there may be a Highway allowed & laid 
out thro' y'-' above s d part of Exeter & New Market, which 
would be of great advantage not only to Notingham, but to 
some of y : New Towns Settling above it, and your Petitioners 
shall ever pray &c I 

Tho Peirce ) ^ ♦., 
Nath Rogeks j 
Portsm Sept. 23, 1 731 
In Council Se^t 23 1 , 1731 

The within Petition Read, and Voted that a hearing be had thereon 
the third day of the next session of the Gen ri! Assembly & that the Pe- 
titioners serve The Town of Exeter w' h a copy thereof and of this order 
a month before the day of the hearing by leaving the same w tft one of 
the Select men of the Said Town that so the said Toun may ap- 
pear & Shew cause if any they have why the prayer of the s J Petition 
Should not be granted 

R. Waldron Sec>- 
Eod™ Die. 

In the house of Representatives. 
the above vote Read and Concurred and likewise the Petitioners 
serve those persons thro whose Land Said high way may goe with a 
Copy hereof to appeare at the Day & Time above 

James JefFry Cle r Ass m 
In Council Sept" 2± h 1731 

Read & Concurred w !t the amendment 
R. Waldron Secy 

The same day 

Assented to 

J. Belcher 



634. , NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Nottingham Petitioii and Votes thereon. 

In Counc 1 March 6* h 1732-3 

Upon the Petition of Nottingham Proprietors for a High Way &c. 
Voted that the Prayer of the Petition be granted, and that the Town 
of Exeter lay out the said Highway forthwith, as Commodiousiy as may- 
be for the Town of Nottingham & make a return thereof To the Town 
Clerk of Exeter, to be recorded as usual in such Cases. Provided 
Nevertheless that the Said Town of Exeter be at no Charge in building 
or repairing the Bridge in said High way over Lamprey river, for ten 
years next following, and Provided also that the Said Town of Exeter 
be at no charge for purchasing any land for accommodating the said 
Way below Lamprey River and that Nottingham be at no charge in pur- 
chasing any land for the same above said river. 

R. Waldron Secy 
M sh 6 th In house of Representatives 
read and Concurred 

George Walton Cl r pro tern 
Same day Consented to 

J. Belcher 



To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esquire Captain General 
and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province 
of New Hampshire and the Honourable his Majesties Coun- 
cil and House of Representatives for said Province 
The Petition of the Inhabitants and Resident Proprietors of 
the Town of Notingham Humbly Sheweth 

That whereas your said Petitioners have for Sundry years 
Past Resided in said Town and have for a Great Part of the 
Time been Destitute of a Preacher of the Gospel among 
us the cause whereof being chiefly our Inability to afford a 
suitable Maintainance for a Minister we being but a small 
Number although the Proprietors were obliged to Settle a 
family upon Each Right which if it had been Done would 
have been a Number Sufficient to have Supported a Minister 
for the Benefit of the Town, but since far the Greatest Part are 
non Resident and many of them Live out of this Province it 
cannot but be Highly Reasonable that as they have a Share in 
the advance of the Common Interest of the Town and it being 
Consistant with their Votes at Sundry Meetings and also the 
Most Likely Method to advance the worth of their Lands that 
they should bear som Suitable Proportion of the charge of a 
Minister till such time as the Inhabitants shall be able to Bear 
the Burden alone, we make bold therefore Humbly to Peti- 
tion your Excellency and Honours to Pass an act to make the 
lands of such non Resident Proprietors as neglect to Pay such 
Proportion as to your wisdom shall seem meet to Lay upon 
them Lyable to be taken by Destraint in Case they do not Pay 
such assessments and seeing it may be for the Glory of God 



TOWN PAPERS — NOTTINGHAM. 635 

the Interest of Religion and the Benefit of your Petitioners we 
humbly beg that this or some thing more Proper maybe Done 
as to your wisdom Shall appear moste Expedient for the Rem- 
edy of the Difficulties we Labour under and your Petitioners 
as in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray &c. 

From Notingham this 7 t:; Day of November Anno Domini 
I73S 

John Harvey Simon Beird 

Sam 1 Goodhue James Lukes 

Moses Norris Frances Harve 

Nathan Pilsbury William Kilce | 

Andrew Luckes William Morison 

John Cralton David Morrison 

Abraham ? Natt ? 

Rice Rowel William Neall 

Robairt Baird Rob' Harvey 



To His Excellency Penning Wentvvorth Esq r Governor -and 
Commander in chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire and the Hon ° His Majesties Council and 
House of Representatives for said Province in General As- 
sembly Convened. 

The Inhabitants of Nottingham in said Province Take this 
Opportunity Thankfully to acknowledge your Goodness in 
Sending and Supporting a Number of Men in Years Past for 
our Safeguard and Defence in this Time of War. And altho' we 
might from thence Infer your Good Disposition to Help us for 
the future yet in order to your being more fully Informed of 
our Circumstances we would Humblv offer to the Considera- 
tion of this Honorable Court some of the Difficulties and Dan- 
gers we rind our selves Exposed to in this Time of War. 

Our Settlements are Remote one from another in a Moun- 
tainous and Broken Country our Fields are Generally Encom- 
passed about with Trees and Bushes which Continually Ex- 
poses us to the Danger of being Surprized by the Enemy while 
about our Daily Labour our Common Roads and High ways are 
no Less Dangerous to Pass ; We Live open to a Wide Wilder- 
ness which surrounds us on all sides by which means the En- 
emy may come undiscovered very near our Garrisons which 
we have hardly men enough to Defend our Number being now 
very Small many having already Removed out of the Town 
and others Seem so much Discouraged that we fear our Num- 
bers will be much Less in the Ensuing Summer than they are 
at present which has a Tendency to make our Burden Still the 
Heavier which is already almost unsupportable we have Never 
Desired Needlessly to be* a Burden to the Government Neither 



At a Meeting of y- Freeholders & Inhabitance of Nottingham Held 
March y c 27' ' 1750 

Voted that y e South westerly Corner of Nottingham be set off as a 
Parish & Bounded as followeth Begmirig ataCartain tree between the 
fifth Si. Sixth Range No. 21 being at y e Lower end of said Range thence 
Runing South West to Chester line thence Runingon said Chester west 
North West to a Pitch pine tree being y c Southwesterly corner of said 
Notting :i thence Runni ng North East & by North on y e head of said Not- 
tingham to the Line between the 5 th Sc 6 i: ' Range thence Running East 
South East on said line to y e Bounds first mentioned Si voted to y In- 



636. NEW HAMPSHIRE 

have we Ever before in this manner apply' d for Relief but be- 
ing now convinced more than Ever of the Danger we are 
Likely to be Exposed to we cannot but think it Neeclfull for 
us to be Importunate with Your Excellency and Honours to 
grant us Such Large assistance as our Necessitous Circum- 
stances may Require without which we fear we shall be obliged 
to Retreat for the Safety of our Selves and Families tho' it 
must be with the Greatest Regret that we Leave our Settle- 
ments which we have Cultivated with much Toil and Labour. 

May it Fleas your Excellency and Honours to take the 
Premises into your Wise Consideration and if it be Consistent 
with your Pleasure and for the Benefit of the Province in Gen- 
eral as well as your Petitioners in Particular to Keep this Town 
we Humbly Pray that there may be Speedv Provision made 
for tbe Support of Forty or Fifty Men to be sent up Early in 
the Spring and Kept Here for the Safeguard and Defence of 
the Inhabitants Here and that Such Stores as may be needful 
for them may beronveved up by sleding the Knowledge of 
which as h would be Likely to Prevent some from Removing 
out of Town So it would be a means to Encourage and 
strengthen us all who are very Sensible that we cannot Long 
Support our Selves Here without Such assistance from the 
Government as Shall Enable us to Go about our Labour and 
Business in some Degree of Safety which we Hope you will 
Freely Provide for and your Petitioners Shall as in Duty Bound 
Ever Pray &c. 

Nottingham Jan r 2f' : 1747 

T ") Selectmen of Nottingham 

Israel Bartlett [ , 1r 1 u ■ j 

LT > m Behalf and by order 

Robert Harvey I c ., ™ J 

) 01 the loun 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of Nottingham 
Dec' y e S ? 1747 Voted that the Select men Draw up a Petition to be 
Prefered to the General Court to Pray that there may be Suitable Pro- 
vision made for our Relief under the Difficulties of the war and that 
Joshua Peirce E-q' be Impowered and he is hereby Desired to carry in 
6 d Petition and Do what may be need full to obtain s a Relief 

Israel Bartlett Toun clerk 

A true Coppy pr. 



TOWN PAPERS NOTTINGHAM. 637 

habitance of said land all Privileges belonging to a Parish as much as 
in us Ljes. The above vote past in y e afirmative 
March y e 29 th 1750.. a Ccppy Exam d 

Rob f Harvey town Clerk 



At a Meeting of y s freeholders & Inhabitance of Nottingham held 
March y 26 h 1751 

Voted that their be y G Sum of one Hundred pound old Tenor Raised 
on y c Town Including all Ratable Poles & Estats within y e Bounds of 
y e original Grant of y° Towne Exclusive of the church men to be Laid 
out for y° Support of a Minister or Ministers of v° Gospel to be agreed 
with by" a Committee to be chosen at this Meeting to Preach in said 
town <k y c Money to be Raised as afores 1 on those Living in that part 
of y e town called y e South west Parish to be Expended in Supporting 
a Minister to Preach amongst them in Such Phice as they shall agree 
upon; and y" money to be Raised on y e Rest of y° Town to be Ex- 
pended in Supporting a Minister to preach at or near y e Block House 
yet this vote is not to be construed or Intended to Extend Either to Re- 
voke or alter y c validity or Insufficiency of the. title or Grant of those 
who Inhabit that Part of y e town which they apprehend to be set off a 
Seperate Parish but that Matter to Remain in all other Respects as if 
this vote had never been Past. 

The above Vote past in v" affirmative 

March y* 30 th 1751. A Coppy Exam d 

Rob* Harvey town Clerk 



At a Meeting of v 9 freeholders & Inhabitants of Notting™ held March 
ye 31 < 1752 

Voted that Whatsoever shall be Raised on those who Inhabit that 
Part of y'-' Town Called South west Parish for y e Charge of y 9 Meeting 
house be Refunded or paid bake to that People at Such time as thev 
shall Build a Meeting house there, to be Raised on y- other Part of the 
Town & paid them towards their meeting house with Reasonable 
Interest 

A Copy Att* Rob 1 Harvey town Clarke 



Province of } To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r 
New Hamp r - ) Governor and Commander in chief in and 
over His Majestys Province of New Hamp r 
To the Hon lc His Majestys Council and House of Repre- 
sentatives in Gen 1 Assembly convened, July 25-" 1754 
Humbly Shews Thomas Simpson in behalf of the Inhabit- 
ants of the Town of Nottingham in said Province and agent 
for the said Inhabitants That by the fires in the woods the last 
Spring great damage was done to Most of the Inhabitants 
afores' 1 , whereby they are much Impoverished That in conse- 
quence of the torch of war with the Indians the Spring past 
and this Summer they have been much impeded in their Busi- 
ness, That they apprehend they are overdone in the Propor- 
tion to the Province Tax — Wherefore your Petitioner in be- 



63S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

half of & Inhabitants Pray that they may be eased this year 
of the Province Tax or such part thereof as may be tho't Just 
and reasonable and your Excellency and Honours will Indulge 
your Petitioners with an oppertunity to enforce this Petition 
and assign the Reasons for the granting the Prayer thereof and 
your Petitioner as in Duty bound Shall every Pray. 

Thomas Simpson 
July 2S th 1754 

Prov. N. Hamp re In Council July 25 th 1754 

read & ordered to be sent Down to the Hon ble the Gen 1 Assembly 
Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 



Province of > To his Excelency Bening Wentworth Esqr. 
New Hamp re j Governour in chief in & over the Province 
aforesaid (in Counsel) 

The Petition of the Inhabitance and freeholders of the Sow 
west part of Nottingham Humbly Sheweth that your Petition- 
ers wear set of by a vote of the Town of Nottingham as a 
Parish in the year 1750 at their annual meeting and were 
Bounded as followeth Viz : Begining at a Certain tree between 
the fifth and sixth Ranges in the third Division of Lotts in s d 
Towne No. 21 at the Lower end of said Ranges then Riming 
S. West to Chester Line being about five Miles, thence Run- 
ing on s ! Chester Line West North West to a Pitch Pine tree 
which is the South westerly corner of Nottingham, thence 
Runing north East and by north on the head of Nottingham 
about five miles to the line between the 5 th & 6 th Range then 
running East South East on s 1 Line to the Bounds first men- 
tioned. The aforesaid Tract of Land being about six Allies 
square was voted of as a Parish to the inhabitance & freehold- 
ers of said Land with all Priviledges belonging to a Parish as 
much as in them Lyes. 

And in March 1751 Their was money Rais'd on all the in- 
hebetence of Nottingham Except the Church men and it was 
then Voted that what was paid by those men that Lived in the 
South W'est Parish (so calTd) should be expended in support- 
ing a Minister to Preach the Gospel among them 

And in March 1752 at the annual meeting there was a Large 
sum of Money Rais'd and your Petitioners were to have the 
money that was paid by your Petitioners to be expended among 
us ; And money hath ben raised yearly ever since and we have 
Receiv'd nothing for our Money Except one Days. Preaching 
and about three weekes schooling for six years, for your Peti- 
tioners not being incorporated into a Parish only by the Votes 
of the Town were not able to chuse any Parish officers to Re- 



TOWN PAPERS NOTTINGHAM. 639 

ceive the money and to lay it out altho' the Town are willing 
we should have it as soon as we are incorporated and as preach- 
ing the Gospel and teaching the children are matters of Great 
importance to ail his Majesties Good Subjects and for many 
other Reasons which you in your wisdom are sensible of that 
will forward the Settleing and Promote Good order in a 
Place, 

We your Petitioners Earnestly Pray you would be pleas d to 
incorporate us and Grant us Parrish Priviledges. 

Nottingham Feb ry 23 d 1756 

Jonathan Longfellow John Batchelder 

Levi Dearborn Nathan Tilton 

Nathaniel Batchelder David Tilton 

Nathaniel Batchelder Junr. Timothy Sanborn 

Thomas Brown Coffin Sanborn 

Ephraim Pettengill Samuel Page 

I^aac Ma^on Nath : Healey Jun. 

Daniel Kelley Daniel Marston 

Ruben Masteen Jeremiah Dearborn 

Theophilus Griffin Steven Batchelder 

Green Longfellow Benj" Batchelder 

Eliphalet Gritfen Abraham Drake 
Isaac Shepard 



Petition "June 28 th 1705 Jor a separate Parish. 
To his Excellency Bening Wentworth Esqr. Captain General 
Governour Commander & Chief in and over his Majesties 
province of New Hampshire And Vice Admiral of the same, 
The Honourable His Majesty s Counsil & House of Repre- 
sentatives for s' Province Convened. 

The humble petition of us the Subscribers being Freehold- 
ers and Inhabitants of the South West Parish in Nottingham 
(so call'd) Humbly shews, That whereas your petitioners 
Lives many of them to the Distance of eight and Some ten 
miles from the meeting house which makes it very Difficult 
for us or our families to attend the public worship of God att 
that place and as your petitioners apprehend their Number is 
equal or above many Parishes that have been sett off in this 
province We therefore humbly pray that you would please to 
sett us off a distinct Parish invested with all the privileges of 
other Parishes within this Province according to the following 
bounderies (which bounderies is agreeable to A Vote of the 
town of Notingham Held att the Meeting House in s' : Noting- 
ham on the third thursdav of april 1765) viz beginning att the 
bounds between the o/ : ' & io ta Lotts in the first Range of the 
3 d Division And to Extend to the head Line of Notingham 
Joining to Allenstown (so call'd) then to begin att the bounds 



640 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



d Lotls in the Second Range and to Ex- 
le and Likewise including the whole of 



between the 21" & 2: 
tend to the s' 1 head Li 
the 3' 1 4" 1 5 th & sixth Ranges of the s l 3' 1 Division with all the 
Lands on the westerly side of pleasant pond including the 
whole of the farms in the y Va & 8 th Range that Joins to the 
road that Leads from Notingham Meeting House to Epsom 
Line. Also the whole of the Hundred Acre Lotts in Bow 
street on the Southwesterly side including Josiah Sawyers Lott 
being the original Lott of Archibald Macfadvix from thence to 
the head of s 1 Bow Street. Your Petitioners therefore Hum- 
bly prays that in year Great Wisdom and Goodness you would 
please to take this our prayer under your wise consideration 
mid act on it as you may think proper and your petitioners as 
in Duty bound Shall Ever pray &c. 
Notingham June y e 17 th 1765 



Sam 1 Leavitt 
Obadiah Marston 
Tho s Simpson 
Eliphelet Grifeen 
Abraham True 
Isaac Shepard 
Samuel Tilton 
Peter Batchelder 
Robert Cram 
Patten Simpson 
Nathaniel Br.tchelder Jun. 
Thomas Brown 
John Batchelder 
Moses Thomson 
Sam' Hovt 
Peter Leavitt 
Ephraim Pattengill 
Eliphelet Marston 
The- Griffin 
Reuben Marston 
Benjamin Cotton 
Sam' Lea\-;t Jan. 
Samuel Marston 
Joshua Stevens 
Jeremiah Sanborn 
Joseph Marston 
Reuben Brown 
Nathan Grifen 
Reuben Marston 
Theophihis Griffin Jun. 
Samuel Winslow 
Nathanael Meloon 
Benjamin Page 
Daniel Page 
Samuel Perkins 
Josiah Chase 
Moses Chase 
John Gill 
Nemiah Cram 



Joseph Graves 
Jedediah Prescutt 
David Batchelder 
Josiah Prescott 
Samuel Pulsifer 
Josiah Sanborn 
Daniel vVest 
Benjamin Hilyard 
Benjamin Beachelder 
Israel Clifford 
John Robinson 
Joseph Roberts " 
Joshua Young 
Jeremiah Glidden 
Joseph Judkins 
Richard Giiden 
Andrew Glidden 
John Youn? 
Jonathan Glidden 
Jonathan Hill 
Daniel Lad 
Joseph Lad 
Nathaniel Smith 
Benjamin Folsom 
Moses Thirston 
Jeremiah Folsom 
Moses C lough 
Josiah Smith 
Samuel Elkins 
Jude Allen 
John Cram 
Samuell Kelley 
Wadleigh Cram 
Thomas Robie 
William Sanborn 
Joseph Mason 
John Mason 
Jeremiah Easman 
Owen Runnells 



1 



* x^v ,i.v.c «. In the Hou;;e of Representatives June 28. 1765 

New Hampre i J 



TOWX PAPERS — NOTTINGHAM. 64! 

Inerese Batchelder Josiah Sawyer 

Benjamin Batchelder Daniel Marston 

Nathan Batchelder 
In Council June 2S cil 1765 

Read Sc (Ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble Assembly 
T. Atkinson Jun. Sec> r 

Province of 
[amp re ) 
This Petition being Read 

Voted That they be heard thereon the second Day of the sitting 
of the General Assembly after the first day of Sep r Next That 
they give notice of the Substance of the Petition in the Public 
News Papers of the Government three Weeks successively &: that any 
Person or Persons may appear against the Prayer thereof that are so 
Disposed 

H. Sherburne Spk* 
In Council Eodem Die 
Read. & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun Sec>" 

Province of [ j h H f R epresentat i ves Nov r 22 d I7 6 5 . 

New llamps " j * ' J 

The Petitioners being heard on the within Petition and no Person 
appearing to make objection and the Prayer of said Petition appearing 
to be reasonable 

Voted That the Prayer of said Petition be Granted and that the Peti- 
tioners have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordinglv. 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council Nov. 22 ! 1765 

The above Vote read 6: concurred 

T. Atkinson Tun Sec. 



Att a Legal meeting of the freeholders and Inhabitants of Noting- 
ham held att the meeting house in said Notingham on the third thurs- 
day of April 1765, 

Voted that the southwesterly Corner of Notingham (So called) be 
sett of as a Distinct Parish according to the following boundaries viz. 
to begin att the bounds between the ninth and tenth Lotts in the first 
Range and to Extend to the head line in s d Notingham then to begin 
att the bounds between the 2i 5t and 22 cl Lotts in the Second Range and 
to Extend to the s ci head line in Notingham and likewise to include the 
whole of the 3 ; 4 a 5 th & 6 th Ranges of the third Division (so called) in 
s d Notingham with the Lands and settlers on the westerly side of 
Pleasant Pond so far as the road extends to Epsom line including all 
the farms and settlers on s d Epsom Road (so call d ) to the head Line of 
Notingham as Likewise the whole of the Hundred acre Lotts in Bow 
Street on the Southwesterly side of s d Street including Josiah Sawyer's 
Lott being the original Lott of Archibald Macfadrix to the head of 
s d Bow street 

A true Coppy Attest 

Benjamin Shepard Town Clerk 

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642 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Nottingham Petition for Liberty to Elect an Assemblyman 
Province of \ To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq 1 " 
New Hampshire > Governor in Chief in and over his Majes- 
Rockingham ss. ) ties Said Province of New Hampshire. 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Nottingham in 
said County of Rockingham Shews that said Nottingham is an 
ancient Settled Town and Does at Present Consist of above 
three Hundred & Fifty Families. For a Long Time Past the 
Inhabitants thereof have been Constantly Taxed toward the 
Support and Maintenance of the Government of this His Majes- 
ty's Province and have always freely and cheerfully Paid the 
same tho they have Never Enjoy'd the Inestimable Darling 
Privilege and Liberty of Being Represented in the House of 
Commons here which other Towns and Parishes Less Opulent 
and Not so Numerous or ancient have been Indulg' 1 with ; the 
Liberty of sending Representatives. Your Petitioners would 
humbly Submit their Case to your Excellence's Wise Mature- 
Consideration, Whether they are not Intitled to the Privi- 
leges and Immunity's of the British Constitution Equally with 
Every other Subject thereof Whether the Lives Liberties and 
Propertys of your Petitioners under their Present Circum- 
stances may not be taken from them without their Consent to 
the Law by which they may be Judged. 

Wherefore your Petitioners Pray your Excellency Would 
authorize and Impower them for the future to send a Repre- 
sentative to the General Assembly of said Province That your 
Petitioners may no Longer Be Virtually But Really Repre- 
sented By a Person of their own Electing and Your Petition- 
ers as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray 
Nottingham April iS rl ' 1774 

John Mecrillis Joel Cram 

James Keke his 

William McCrillis Sam X Leavitt 

John Banfill m 

John Gile Jethomy ? Gowin 

Enoch Page Ephraim Cram 

Rice Rowell Stephen Chaa 

Patton Simpson Jonathan McClure 

Robert Morrison John Trusten 

Jacob Frost Jos Cilley Jr. 

Joseph Morrill Thos Bartlett 

Abednego Leathers Henry Dearborn 

John Harvey John Randle 

Nathaniel Avery John Morrill 

Zebulon Bang Benjamin Watson 

John Methes Josiah Watson 

Clement Jackson Jun. Will Clark 

Nathl Batchelder Jonathan Randel 

Nath Batchelder Moses Chase 

Bben Tilton Jos Mills 



TOWN PAPERS NOTTINGHAM. 



643 



Jdo Mills 
Cutten Cilley 
Daniel Leathers 
Nathaniel Gove 
Samuel Gove 
Peter Leavitt 
Tho8 Eeavitt 
Jona Leavitt 
Benjamin French 
James Page 
Daniel Page 
Samuel WLnalow 
Josiah Prescott 
John Godfree 
Jeremh Easman 
Samuel McCluer 
Joseph Cilley 
Benjamin Butler 
Saml Hun toon 
Thoe Foss 
Joseph White 
John Pills ? 
Jona WLlley 
John Morrill 
Asa Guile 
Nathl Randal 



John Kinston 
Joshua Stevens 
Jonathan Davia 
Thomas Hines 
Josiah Eartlett 
Jonathan Huckins 
Saml Eeavitt 
Thomas Berry 
Simon Mars ton 
Daniel Moor 
Rohey Marston 
Phineas Tilton 
Jacob Doe 
Thomas Rand 
Saml Cate 
Joseph Gorman 
Jona Gove 
Noah Barker 
Joa Neily 
John Harvey Jun. 
Thos Frost ? 
Jona Rolings 
John Simpson 
Josiah Pre^ket Jr. 
William Simpson 
John Sheperd. 



To the Hon b!e Peter Gilman Esq 1- 

We the Subscribers Proprietors, or heirs & descendants of the Orig- 
inal Grantees of the Township of Nottingham East (formerly includ- 
ing the Parishes of Dcerfield & Northwood) now In the County of 
Rockingham (State of New Hampshire) And also of Those who became 
denominated Proprietors, by their purchasing whole & Entire Rights 
throughout, of the said Grantees in their place & stead, Performing the 
Conditions of the Grant on the first planting Si settling of the Prem- 
ises, who in their Day & Time (there being Scarce any of either Grantee 
or Such Proper Proprietor now Surviving) not duly divided the whole 
of the said Township but effectually rectified, certain Mistakes in the 
first Settlers Sitting down, with respect to the Home Lotts adjusted, de- 
termined Sc Fixed that & all other Matters and Things Relative to the 
Propriety Here mentioned to Sheiv the Importance of Their records & 
Plans, besides, as the said Township was a Grant to a number of Per- 
sons, they never had any separate Instrument in hand Severally of any 
such Grant. Their whole dependence as to the Original Title, being 
contained in Said Records &c Plans. Therefore that due (care) be Taken 
thereof, and Vexatious Law Suits prevented 

Whenever you shall see Cause to Resign as Clerk, your special care 
of the same we hereby manifest our Freedom in joining with you in 
address, Humbly Recommending the said Records & Plans to the Pat- 
ronage of the Hon ,jie the General Assembly, to be by Them deposited 
with the Records of the said County of Rockingham, there to Remain 
(as compleated) Sacred & Inviolate 

Hunking Wentworth for Col Mark Hunking Esq 1 " Deceased r*g ls ? 

John Sherburne as Exec r to the will of my Hon d father Henry Sher- 
burne Esqr Deceas'd and for the original Right of Thomas Peirce Esqr 
Dec'd. 



644 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Geo Jaffrey adm r to Estate of Geo Jaffrey Esqr. deceased. 

Sam 1 Penhallow for Sam ! Penhallow- Esqr. Dec' 1 & 

Benjamin Gambling Esqr. Deceased thirteen rights 

Benj ;: Dolbeare — For 3 Rights viz. David Dolbeare, Jno. Calfe, Peter 
<jibbins 

Executor Shem Drowne — for 7 Rights, viz : Eben r Burges, Jno. 
Steel, Jno. Pratt Jos Powell Jno. Newton Thomas Drowne, Clem 1 Re- 
nough 

Tim' 1 Newell — for Jn" Goodman & Eben r Messinger two rights 

Tho s Parker — for Sam 1 Kendalls one right 

Sam Whitwell Jun r — for his Grandfather Sam 1 Whitwell dec'd one 
right 

Eliz Richards — tor her father Ed\\ <! Richards dec d one right 

Job Bradford — for W m Creese one right 

Samuel Green 

Ezekie! Walker for my father Eq. Er. Walker DeC 1 one right. 

Thomas Drowne. as admin 1 " on the Estate of Francis Brinley Esq 1 ". 
dec d for one Right viz Richard Heards 

Jamas Mailman for John Granger Dec* 1 one right. (s d Granger's son 
in law} 

Nathaniel Martain for my Father Nath 1 Martain Deceas'd one Right. 

Eliza North For m v y fathers one right 

James Pitson dee d for W •" Pitson's one Right 

Sarah Cree-e. Margarett Creese For their Father M r Thomas Creese 
•one right 

Jonathan Warner for Arch ld M c Phedris Esqr. Dec d 

John Penhallow for Rich- 1 Wibird Esq r Dec' 1 one right. 

Russell for the right of his father E. Russell Esq r De- 
ceased 

Odiorne in behalf of her Late husband Jotham Odiorne Esq 1 " 

Dec d his Right. 

Jn° Jackson for the Right of Robert Pike. 

Joseph Walton One of the heirs of Shadrach Walton Esqr. Dec d For 
his Right. 

William Langdon Ex r to the will of W™ Langdon Deceased in his 
Right. 

Nath 1 Peirce heir to my honored uncle Joshua Peirce for his right. 

Hannrh Hughe- Daughter and only surviving heir of Clement 
Hughes Dec 11 for his Right. 

Thomas Westbrook Waldron For the Rights of Thomas Westbrook 
Esqr. & Richard Waldron Jun. 

Mich' Wentworth for Penning Wentrvvorth Esq r deceas d for his Right. 

Benja Dearborn for Nath' Sargent Esq r Dec d for his Right 

Jonathan Warner as Executor to the Estate of Mary Pray Dec 1 Heir 
of Tho Phipps E>q' Dec' 

Daniel Rindge 

Daniel Rogers for the Right of Penning Wentworth Esq r 

Exeter June 12 th 17S3 
This may Certify that the within & foregoing is the address Referred 
to In my Petition to the General Assembly of the state of New Hamp- 
shir bearing this date 

Peter Gilman. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 

After the foregoing papers relating to Nottingham were prepared for 
the press, the editor received the following note, through Hon. B. F. 
Prescott. viz. : 



' 



TOWN PAPERS ORFORD, 



6 4S 



" Deerfield Center, Nov. 25, 1875. 
Friend Prescott : 

I have in my possession, a Plan of Nottingham, by John Brown — 1732, 
showing on it (where legible) the names of the then owners of each lot of 
land, the number of each lot, and the number of acres in each lot. 

I think that there can be no doubt of its authenticity or of its cor- 
rectness. 

On the back is a Plan which I cannot make out. Much information 
can be obtained from it. This Plan was drawn while Nottingham in- 
cluded Deerfield. Northwood and a part of Raymond. Perhaps it would 
not be amiss to inform Dr. Bouton. 

Yours, &c, G. H. Stevens." 

Reference to this Plan may be important to persons in investigating 
titles to land, or in completing a history of Nottingham, and of towns 
laid off from it. The editor would have been happy to have secured a 
copy for an insertion in this volume. Ed. 



ORFORD. 



[Orford was granted 25 September, 1761, to Jonathan Moulton and 
others. It was settled in June, 1765, and incorporated by charter when 
granted. Ed.] 

A .List of the Inhabitants and others In the Township of 





Urjorct 


ivith the 


'ir . 


r amity s <£ ages. 




\ 


Israel Morey Esqr. 






Abel Sawyer & Wife 


19 




Wife 






John " 


16 




Israel Morey 


11 years 




Ruby Richardson an 






Samuel " 


9 




hired girl 


16 




Moulton '* 


S 










M.-.rtha " 


4 


5 


Benja Baldwin & wife 






Darius an Infant 


k 














6 


Benja Baldwin jun & Wife 


1 


John Man & Wife 






Andrew Peters 


12 




Jno " 


6 




Lydia " 


9 




Solomon " 


3 




Betty 


7 




Jerrad '• 


I 




Benja " 
Theophilus " 


i 



3 


William Marston & wife 












Hulclah 


17 


7 


Ebenezer Baldwin & wife 






William 


19 




Abigail " 


7 




Jno 


15 




Ray nab. " 


$ 




Peter 


11 




Ebenezer " 


3 




Deborah " 


9 




Patty an Infant 


k 




Betty " 


7 




& an hir'd woman 






Olive 


3 










Josiah an Infant 


i 


8 


Icbabod Palmer & Wife 





4 Thomas Sawyer & Wife 
Ichahod " 



'21 



& I Son 



9 Jno Woodward & Wife 



6^.6 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Theodore Woodward U 

Phebe " 3 

Uriah u 5 

Son " * 

10 Noah Dewey & Wife 

11 Noah Dewey Junr & wife 



Samuel *' 


13 


Olire 


10 


Elias " 


8 


Ezra " 


6 


Charles " 


4 


Alexander 


% 


Darius an Infant 




12 Jamea Calkins & Wife 




Ehoda " 


H 


Samuel " 


8 


Fredrick *' 


6 


Cyrus " 


4 


Enoa H 


H 



13 Constant Bliss & wife 



17 Samuel Phelps & Wife 
Oranda " 
Samuel •* 
Bridget " 

Lydia an Infant 

18 Jno Wood & Wife 
Reuby " 
Comfort " 

19 Joel Phelps & Wife 

20 Edward Sawyer & Wife 

12 Experience Cross & Wife 
Hitty 

Bethuel " 

Oliver " 

22 Shubel Cross & Wife 
Joseph ♦' 

Lydia an Infant 

23 Linsford Morey & Wife 



14 Eldad Post & Wife 




24 


Jonathan 


Derby & Wife 




Eldad 


13 




Jona 


" aged 


18 


Aaron " 


11 




Ezra 


" " 


14 


Daniel " 


6 




Levinah 


« " 


12 


Russell •* 


4 




Lydia 


<< c 


9 


Hannah *' 


15 




Lucy 


.« « 


6 


Sibbel 


2 




Elizabeth & Apoilos 




Mary an Infant 






(Twins 
Samuel 




4 
H 


15 Daniel Tillotson ± Wife 












Child 


1 


25 


Jeremiah Post & wife 




Hir'd child 


9 











26 Jonathon Sawyer & wife 



16 Clement Emery 4 Wife 



Single Men 



Reverend Mr. Obadiah Noble 1 

Abraham Palmer 2 

Jacob Marston 3 

Gillam Bliss (a Transient man) 4 

George Wilsou Do. 5 

John Wright Do. 6 



Daniel Butterfield Do. 7 

Jno Crosby for Jno Weeks 8 

Giles Tiffany— a Transient man 9 
Nathan Dewey 10 

Jno. Morey — In all 11 



TOWN PAPERS ORFORD. 647 

Sundry persons to whom Coll. Moulton hath wrote to Settle 
on the following Rights. 

E. Cross on the Right of Samuel Blake 

N. Dewey on Lt " " Philip Towle 

S. Morey " " " Jn° Moulton y 

I Wood " " " Josiah Moulton Jun r 

I. Mo rev " " " James Brown 



1772 
Afem' of the Settlement & Improvement of Land in the 

Township of Orford. 

Viz. orig : Prop-' Names — by whom settled & in what manner improved 

Jonathan Moulton Esq r — John Wood has Settled for s d Right 

John Moulton 3 d — Constant Bliss settled on the back lot, 6 acres fell 

John Nelson — Daniel Clark improving do. ~) & Col Moulton making 

Thomas Reed — Levi Dam do do. J- Improvements on the 

J River Lots 

James Brown — John Morey do do 

John Moulton Esq r — Moses Norton do do 

John Wason — W m Tarlton do do. 

Jereh"" Marston — Improvements making by his Son 3 or 4 Acres fell on 
the River Lot. about 10 acres more on the back 
Lot 6 of which is sowed with wheat. 

Sam' Blake — Experience Cross settled on the back Lot 

Joseph Palmer — Ebenezer Bracket improving on the back Lot 

Benning Wentworth — 

"Ward Cotton — Sam 1 Haines Jun r improving on do. 

The° Atkinson Esqr. — Linsford Morey do. do 

Philip Towle — Nathan Dewy settled on the back Land 

Jere\ Sanborn — Benj a Kate improving on the back Land 

Josiah Dearborn — 

Jon* Moulton Jun r — Theodore Dam do. do. 

Jon" Philbrick — Ichabod Palmer Settled on River Lot ab l 5 acres under 
good Improvement 

Jerenr Dow — Ichabod Palmer Jun r on do. abt. 5 acres under good 
Improvement. 

Walter Neal— Jacob Marston Settled on back Lot. 

Clem 1 March — 

Sam' Perkins — Richard Haines improving on do. 

Sam 1 Wentworth Esqr.— Joel Phelps settled on River Lot 

Christ" Tappan Esqr. 1 

Witham Wallace 

Josiah Lane r , m , .''■*_ , , 

Wiseman Claret E*qr I Morey Esqr. settled 3 mills near 100 

Byfield Lloyd°Esqr acres of Land under S ood improvement 

Samuel Dow 

Cotton Ward 

Joshua Towle — Dan 1 Tillotson Esq r improv'd on River Lot ab' 10 acres 
under good Improvement. 

W m Lane — Sam 1 Phelps settled do. ah* 10 acres under good Improve- 
ment. 

Worthing Moulton — Improvements on River Lot by Israel Morey 
Esqr. ab 1 10 acres under good improvement 



6 4 S 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



:o acres under good 



Ephraim Marston 
Edward Moulton 
Thornton Wason 
Thomas Nudd 
Jon- Towle — Eben 1 



W' n Marston — Settled by himself 
Benj a Staniford Randall ) John Mann settled abt. 
Nath 1 Showers j Improvements 

Edmund Mason — James Calkins d" ab c 14 do. do. do 
Nicholas White — Benj* Baldwin Jun r do. 5 do. do 
Mes>hech Weare Esqr. — Dan 1 Mason settled do. 
Theo. Atkinson Junr. Esqr. — Daniel Tillotson Junr. do. 
Mark H- Went worth Esqr. — Beivp Baldwin do. (Potash) & 20 acres 
under good Improvement. 

1 * ' 

! Thomas Sawyer Settled, about So acres under good 

I Improvement. 

J 
Baldwin Settled, ab' 17 acres under good Improve- 
ment. 

John Weeks Jun r — John Crosby improving 

Jacob Brown — Thorn 5 Sawyer Junr. ab : 16 acres under good Improve- 
ment. 

Joshua Lane Jun r J 

W'" Smith { Jeremiah Post Settled, 40 or 50 acres under good 

Jo" Moulton 3 j j Improven er.f 

Jon * Sanborn Jun' J 

Abrah :n P. Towle "I Eldad Post settled, about 20 acres under good Im- 

John Moulton Jun r / provement 

Simon Marston ) T , . . ,-, , ■ ».» ,. , ■■. 

c 1 r . , , I Improvements making bv Col. Moulton, about xx 
Sam' Garland \ * c ,. <v , L ° c " u- u • 11 \ 1 

T , , r . ... I acres rell «x aoout ix ot which is well cleared 

Jon 1 Marston 4 ri J ° 

Jon l Leavitt — Jon 1 Darbee Settled 

Jon 1 Marston Jun r \ Capt. Dewey Settled. S acres under Improvement 

George March / thereabouts 

Benjamin Batchelder — Noah Dewey settled, ab't 6 acres under do. 

Joseph Philbrick — Clem' Emery do. ab c 6 do. do. 

Nathan Moulton Tun') T . , c ^ , Ar ,. 

Ph'l* H k- >- Improvements made for Col. Moulton. 



Names of all the Men. 



Married Metis Names 
Capt Linstbrd Morey 
Israel Morey 
Ichabod Palmer 
John Woodward 
Constant Bliss 
Shubei Cross 
Experience Cross 
Joel Phelps 
John Wood 
Jonathan Sawyer 
Ebenezar Bracket 
Benjamin Gate 
Nathan Dewy 
William Marston 
Jonathan Darby 
Thom.is Sawvar 



Women and Children in Orford* 
1772. 

Married Women* Yames 
Mary Morey 
Martha Morey 
Tabitha Palmer 
Cintha Woodward 
Elizabeth Bliss 
Hipsebath Cross 
Mehiiabl Cross 
Mary Phelps 
Hannah Wood 
Tabitha Sawyer 



Mary Marston 
Abigail Darby 
Hipsebath Sawyar 



TOWN PAPERS OR FORD. 



649 



John Man 
Daniel Ti] lot son 
Noah Dewey 
Cap t Noah Dewy 
Clemment Emery 
Jeremiah Post 
Edward Sawyer 
Benjamin Baldwin 
Benjamin Baldwin Jun 
Ebenezer Baldwin 
Eldad Post 
Samuel Phelps 
James Calking 

Young Mens Xarnes 
Revd. Obadiah Noble 
Giliom Bliss 
% Jacob Marston 
John Wright 
William Marston 
Abraham Palmer 
Richard Haynea 
William Tolton 
John Crosbie 
Samuel Haynes 
Ichabod Sawyer 
Abel Sawyer 17i 
Jonathan Darby 
John Morey 
Daniel Butterfleld 
George Wilson 
Giles Tiffeny 



Lydia Man 
MaryTillotson 
Abigail Dewey 
Abigail Dewey 
Mary Emery 
Anna Post 
Hannah Sawyer 
Elizabeth Baldwin 
Lydia Baldwin 
Abigail Baldwin 
Hannah Post 
Lydia Phelps 
Marsa Calking 

Young Womens STames 
Ruby Coats 
Comfort Coats 
Hulda MarBtou 
Ruby Richerson 
Rhoda Calkinga 
Hannah Post 
Abigail Backster 



Names and 


ages of the 


children in Orford. 




.Stale children $ age. 


yrs. mos. 


Female children if age 


yrs. 


Ichabod Palmer 


16 


Mehitabel Cross 


12 


Oliver Cross 


5 


Martha Morey 


4 


Israel Morey 


12 


Pheby Woodward 


8 


Samuel Morey 


10 


Eurana Woodward 


5* 


Moulton Morey 


7 


Lavina Darby 


12 


Darias L ins ford More> 


5 


Lucy Darby 


5 


Theodoras Woodward 


11 3 


Elizabeth Darby 


3 


John Woodward 


I 8 


Mary Tillotson 


14 


John Marston 


15 4 


Olive Dewey 


10 


Peter Marston 


11 4 


Lydia Baldwin 


9 


Josiah Marston 


9 


Elizabeth Baldwin 


8 


John Sawyar 


16 


Mary Marston 


9 


Simeon Darby 


16 


Deborah Marston 


9 


Ezra Darby 


14 


Elizabeth Marston 


7 


Apollas Darby 


3 


Olle Marston 


3 


Lemuel Darby 


1 6 


Orenda Phelps 


7 


John Man 


5 3 


Bridet Phelps 


3 


Solomon Man 


3 3 


Lydia Phelps 


I 


Jerod Man 


1 3 


Abigail Baldwin 


6 


Lemuel Dewey 


13 


Mary Post 


5 



650 





NEW 


HAMPSHIRE 


> 

! 

4 


Elias Dewey 


8 


Eurana Baldwin 


Ezra, Dewey 


6 


Martha Baldwin 


1 


Noah Dewey 


1 


Asinath TillotBon 


1* 


Elaxander Dewey 


2 




- 


Benjamin Baldwin 


5 






Theophilus Baldwin 


3 






Samuel Phelps Jun. 


5 






Eldad Post 


13 






Aaron Post 


11 






Daniel Post 


6 






Russel Post 


4 






Ebenezer Baldwin 


2 






Samuel Calkings 


9 






Fredrick Calkings 


7 






Cyrus Calkings 


5 






Enos Calkings 


2 






Joseph Cross 


3 






Andrew Peters 


14 







Note. — Readers will notice some discrepancy in the lists of name* 
above. Ed. 



Petition of William Simpson d; others in behalf of the 
inhabitants of Orford. 

Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 1- 

New Hampshr } Captain General, & Governor &c. in and 

over the Province aforesaid and to the 

hon b!e his Majesty's Council & House of Representatives in 

general Assembly conven'd on Tuesday the fifth Day of 

Jan. A. D. 1773. 

The Petition of William Simpson, John Man and James 
Calkin, Inhabitants of the Town of Orford humbly sheweth, 
that the Major Part of the Inhabitants of said Orford, by their 
Agents Alexander Phelps and Israel Mowry prefer'd a Peti- 
tion to the General Assembly, on the twelfth Day of Decem- 
ber A.D. 1 77 1 Praying that his Excellency and your honours 
wou'd enact and order that a Tax of two Pence L Money to 
be assessed on each and every acre of Land in said Orford 
indiscriminately as well improved as unimproved Lands (the 
Public Rights excepted) annually for the next four years, and 
that they be impowered to levy and collect the same of the 
owners of said Land to be by the Inhabitants expended Solely 
for their Ministers Settlement & Salary as they shall become 
due, And for building a House for divine Service, as in and 
by said petition will more fully and largely appear. Now the 
said Simpson, Man and Calkins your Petitioners beg Leave to 



represent to your Exc v & Honours, that the major Part of the 
said Inhabitants of Orford are of the dissenting or Congrega- 



TOWN PAPERS ORFORD. 65 1 

tional Profession, that there Ministers called and settled 
there is of the same Profession ; but that your Petitioners are 
of the Profession of the Church of England, as Established 
by Law, that they have possessions and Lands in the said 
Town of Orford, that they claim by natural Right and Lib- 
erty', and upon the Principles of Religion an Exemption of 
having their Lands or Estates taxed for the Maintainance, 
Support or Charge either in Building or any other Manner, 
for any Minister other than for the Profession of the Church 
of England ; that it wou'd be illiberal and cruel to tax their 
Lands & Estates against there Consent, to maintain and sup- 
port the Ministers of other Professions while they maintain 
and support their own ; that they have taken Measures, and 
Contributed towards the Expence in Conjunction with some 
of the Inhabitants of the Neighboring Towns, to procure a 
Minister of the Church of England to settle among them ; 
that they do not ask nor expect any one of a different profes- 
sion to aid or assist in his Maintainance or Support in any 
Manner whatever : Wherefore vour Petitioners most humbly 
pray your Excellency & Honours, that their Lands & Estates 
in the Said Town of Orford. and the Lands & Estates of all 
others in said Town, now of the profession of the Church of 
England, may be exempted from all Taxes and Impositions, 
for the Purpose of Maintaining & supporting any Minister, 
other than of their own Profession, or if your Exc'y & Hon- 
ours in your Wisdom shall think fit and proper to tax the 
Lands and Estates of your Petitioners and others, they most 
earnestly pray that the Monies arising on said Tax may be at 
their own Discretion, appropriated to the use and Benefit of 
supporting their own Minister, or for the Purpose of other 
religious and Charitable Uses. And your petitioners, as in 
Duty Bound will ever pray. 



Portsmouth Jan y 8 th 177; 



William Simpson- 
John Man 
James Calkins 



In Council Jan>' 8 th 1773 

Read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon bls Assembly 
Geo. Kins: D. Sec/ 



652 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

PELHAM. 

[Incorporated 6 July, 1746. Ed.] 

Province of ) T '<■ , 

xt i.t r* - januarv v 26. 1746 
New Hamp r - 1 J - - '^ 

At a Town meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
town of Peiham Regularly Assembled, it was then voted to ehuse Capt. 
Henry Baldwin to apply to the General Assembly of said Province in 
the behalf of this town in order to Get the Non resident land Taxed ly- 
ing in this town; to Enable them to support and maintain the Gospel 
&c. 

Feb. y 12. 1746 A true Coppy taken from Peiham town Book of 
Record 

Attest Eleazer Whitimr town Clerk 



flenry Bahhvins petition in behalf of the Tovju of 
Peiham. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Capt. General 
Governour A* Commander in chief in & over his Majesties 
Province of New Hampshire. The Hon" 1 '' his Majesties 
Council & House of Representatives in Gen' Court as- 
sembled. 

The Humble Petition of Henry Baldwin of Peiham in said 
Province Gentleman Shews That y- Inhabitants of s' : Peiham 
are but few in Number & some of them not able to pay any I 

Tax at all and besides other Difficulties which they labour un- 
der in their present needy Circumstances y c War makes their case 
much more difficult & y* Support of y e Ministry and their 
other Necessary charges more intolerable. 

That there are many valuable Tracts of Land owned by non 
resident Proprietors which Lands are much meliorated by our 
Improvements & at our Expence and we are verily perswaded 
that some if not all of s l non resident Proprietors would will- 
ingly be subjected to pay something towards our Help. I 
would therefore iny- name & on y Behalf of s J Inhabitants as 
well as on my own humbly supplicate your Excellency & 
Honours by an act to Subject said non residents Lands to pay j 

a Tax of one penny & an Half annually pr. acre for five years 
next ensuing <ic to impower a Collector or Collectors by us 
lawfully constituted to collecc y 2 same or otherwise do what 
your Excellency Sc Honours shall think best for us & consist- 
ent with Justice. 

Henry Baldwin 
Portsm Apr. 2' 1 1747. 



Prov of New) T .. ,. e n , . ., . 

.TT , • V In the House of Representatives April 2'' 1747 

Voted That the Petitioner be heard on this Petition y e third Day of 



— 



TOWN PAPERS PELHAM. 653 

y" Setting of y s Gen 1 Assembly after y e first Monday in May next & that 
y c Petitioner at his own proper Cost advertize y e publick two or three 
weeks successively between this Day & y e aforesaid third Day of the 
setting of y- General Assembly in one of y° publick News Papers of y* 
Matter of y e Prayer of s d Petition & this order of Court that so every- 
one may have opportunity to shew cause if any they have why y K Prayer 
of s' J Petition should not be granted. 

D. Peirce Clr. 
In Council April 3 (i 1747 
Read & Concurrd 

Sam Solly Sec protem 
Eodem Die 

Consented to B. Wentworth 



x ~ t j LL 1 • 'In the House of Representatives 14 th May 1747 
New Hampshir J v T J ■ ' ,y 

Voted That in answer to the annex'd all y ? Land of said Pelham resi- 
dents as well as non-residents be subjected to a Tax of a Penny & an 
half pr. acre for four years next ensuing & that a Collector or Collectors 
be impowered to collect the same & that y" Petitioner have Liberty to 
bring in a Bill accordingly 

D. Peirce Cl r 
In the House of Representatives i6 tb May 1747 

It is further voted that the Inhabitants of said Pelham make it appear 
by an account to be rendered annually to y e Gen 1 Assembly that the 
money has been apply'd fory uses mentioned in the annexed Petition 
on Pain of Refunding the same 

D. Peirce Clk. 
In Council Eod' :> Die 

read & Concurr'd 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 



Eodem Die 



Assented to B. Wentworth 



Petition of Selectmen of Pelham for pozver to tax non resi- 
dent la?ids. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral Governor in chief in and over His Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire in New England, To the Honourable His 
Majestys Council & House of Representatives of said Prov- 
ince in General Court assembled at Portsmouth the four- 
teenth Day of July, 1756. 
The Petition of James Wilson John Hamblet & Benjamin 

Barker Selectmen of the Town of Pelham in the Province 

aforesaid in behalf of said Town, 

Humbly Sheweth That the Inhabitants of said Town labour 

under many Difficulties by Reason that about one half of the 

Land in Said Town is owned by Non Resident Proprietors 

(as your Petitioners Ilumblv conceive) and the Taxes which 



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654 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

J 

the Selectmen of the Said Town assessed on the lands in said 
Town at one penny half penny per acre annually in years past 
hath been applied and used as in and by the act for granting 
the same was ordered and yet there must be further great Cost 
and charge before the Meeting House in said Town be finished, 
and moreover the Inhabitants of said Town (though few in 
number) are desirous to promote learning among them and to 
that end be at the Cost to Keep a School. 

And further there is a certain River (called Beaver River) 
Runs through the Body of the said Town which occasions 
great charge for Building and maintaining five Bridges over 
said River to accommodate people in passing over the same 
from all which (and other circumstances) ariseth great Cost 
and charge upon the Inhabitants of said Town. And the said 
Non Resident owners of such lands are greatly benefited and 
may be still by the performance of these things thereby raising 
the value of such lands. 

Your Petitioners therefore (being Desirous to act and do 
such things as tend to the General Interest of the Town) 
Humbly supplicate the serious Consideration and favour of 
your Excellency and your Hon 1 * Praying that power and au- 
thority may be granted to the Said Town to Tax all the Lands 
of such Non-Residents lying within the said Town at two 
pence per acre annually for such term as your Excellency & 
your Hon 1 '' in your wisdom and Goodness shall think fit and 
Judge meet — ail which is humbly presented by 

Tames Willson ") , 
s- Tj r Selectmen 

John Hamblet v> d tl _ 
•f) Ty \ tor relham 

Benjamin Barker ) 

In Council July 15, 1756 ] 

read & ordered to be Sent Down to the Hon Mf House 
Theo" Atkinson Sec>\ 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives July 15 th 1756 This 
New Hamp r - / Petition being read 

Ordered That the Petitioners be heard thereon y* 2 d Day of the Sit- 
ting of the General Assembly next after y e I st day of Sep r next Ensuing, 
& y' in the meantime the petitioner at his own Cost Sc charge Cause 
this order of Court with the Substance of s d petition to be advertized in 
some publick print for three weeks successively. 

Andrew Clarkson, Cl k 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & concurred 

Theo re Atkinson Sec- V 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives Dec r 22 d 1756 This 
New Hamp : * J Petition being read, & it appearing that the above order 
of Court had been Conformed to and no person appear- 
ing against the Petition the prayer of which appears reasonable There- 
fore 

Voted That the prayer thereof be granted & that the petitioners have 



TOWN PAPERS PEELING. 655 

Liberty to bring in a Bill according subjecting the s d Lands to the said 
Tax for five years 

Andrew Clarkson Clk. 

In Council December 23 d 1756 
read & concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec- T 



PEELING. 



[Peeling was first granted Sept. 23, 1763, to Eli Demeritt; settle- 
ments were begun about 1773. Ed.] 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Governor of His 

Majesty's Province of New Hampshire 

The Petition of Nathaniel Cushman of Lebanon in Con- 
necticut most Humbly sheweth 

That he hath a Number of Sons disposed to remove into 
the s 4 Province, & become Settlers on the New & Unculti- 
vated Lands within the same ; & that a Number of his 
Friends are of the same disposition — in the whole A Number 
fully Sufficient to settle an entire Township. 

Your Excellency's humble Petitioner therefore Prays your 
Excellency, to Grant to him & them A Certain Tounship of 
Land, within s d Province, called & known by the Name of 
Peeling, on such Terms, subject to such Settling Duties 8c 
endowed with such Town Priviledges as the other Towns in 
s rt Province have generally & usually been Granted upon 8c 
Endowed with — & your Excellency's humble Petitioner as in 
Duty Bound shall ever Pray. 

Nathaniel Cushman 

Lebanon 17 th June A. D. 1 77 1 . 



Memorial of JVath 1 Cushman and others for a regrant 

of the Tovjn of Peeling. 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Governor of the 

Province of New Hampshire in New England in America. 

The Memorial of Nath 1 Cushman 8c others Subscribers, 
Humbly Sheweth, That we are desirous of Settling a Town- 
ship of Land, within the Province of New Hampshire. 

That we understand that a certain Town formerly Granted 
by the Name of Peeling, is now Vacant & Ungranted 8c that 



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656 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



your Excellency is willing to Grant that Town to People who 
will settle the Same. — Whereupon We humbly Move your 
Excellency to Grant the same to us in such Proportions as we 
subscribe for. & by the Name of Fairfield, subject to Such 
Duties & Penalties. & Endowed with such Priveledges, as 
your Excellency has been accustomed to Grant other Towns, 
within s ; Province. And your Excellency's memorialists as 
in Duty Bound shall ever Pray. 

Dated at Lebanon this 24 th day of November, A.D. 1 771 & 
in the 12 tu year of his majesty's Reign 



Henchman Bennet 


1 Right 


Rowland Swift 


1 


Pollecarpus G&s&man 


1 do 


Benja Lyman 


1 


Arteinus Cushman 


1 do 


Jedediah Strong 


1 


Win Cushmau 


ldo 


Jedediah Strong Juu. 


i 


KathI Hatch 


I do 


Ebr Garey 


1 


Jas Lassell 


Ldo 


Aeahel Clark Jun 


i 


John Crocker 


1 do 


Allerton Cushman Jun 


1 


Joshua Ekterkin 


ldo 


Ambrose Cushman 


1 


Joshua Booth Elderkin 


1 do 


Samuel Clark 


1 


Oliver Barbur 


ldo 


Simon Clark 


1 


Aaron Barbur 




Consider Cushman 


1 


Obadiab. Barbur 




Joab Cushman 


1 


Abner Flint 




Solomon Williams 


1 


John Crocker Juur 




Alexander Phelps 


1 


Isaac Cushiuan 




Neziah Bliss 


1 


Nathaniel GifshaiaB Jun. 




Jehiel Rose 


1 


Caleb Abell Jur 1 




Samuel Clark Jr. 


1 


Rowland Swift Jur ] 




Samuel Clark 3d 


1 


Silas Swift ] 




Samuel Robinson 


1 


John Strong ] 




John Hurd 


1 


Nathl Cushman ] 




Samuel Robersou Jr. 


1 


William Williams J 




Ebenezer Lech 


1 


Thos Williams .1 




Henery Burt 


1 


Jona Trumbull Junr ] 




Beuju Cofrass 


1 


David Trumbull 




ElijnhTisdel 


1 


Jas. Trumbull ] 




Jacob Eliot 


1 


John Trumbull 1 




William Sims 


1 


David Barbur 1 




William Sims Jr. 


1 


Caleb Abel 1 




George Sims 


1 



Jacob ^heaffe Junr 

Dr Thompson Esq. of Durham 

Wilim Torrey 

David Boynton 

Thos Curtain Cbeevers 



Supply Clapp 
Jacob Tilton Portsmouth 
John Sherburne Esqr. 
Thomas Shannon of Dover 



TOWN PAPERS — PEMBROKE. 657 



PEMBROKE. 

[This town was originally Suncook, and afterwards LovewelPs Town ; 
and was granted by Massachusetts to the brave men who belonged to 
the company of Capt. John Lovewell, and to the heirs of those who 
fell in the memorable engagement at Pequawket. The first Settlement 
was made about the year 1729, by some of the survivors of that engage- 
ment. The Town was chartered by New Hampshire. 1 November, 
1759. Ed.] I 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral and Governor in chief in and over his Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in New England the Honourable 
the Council and House of Representatives in General Court 
Convened. 

Tke memorial and Petition of Moses Foster in the Name 
.and Behalf of the Inhabitants of the Plantation of Suncook 
in Said Province, 

Humbly Shevveth, 
That the Said Plantation has been Settled by His Majestys 
Subjects about Eleven years and a Gospel minister ordained 
there Several years. 

That the Settlers had an eye at enlarging His Majestys Do- 
minions by going into the Wilderness as well as at their own 
Interest 

That several Thousand Pounds have been spent in clearing 
and cultivating the Lands there and in erecting Houses, Barns, 
and Fences ; besides a large additional Sum in Fortifications, 
lately made by His Excellency the Governours Order. 

That the breaking up of the Settlement will not only ruin 
the Memorialists, but in their Humble Opinion greatly dis- 
serve His Majestys Interest by encouraging his Enemies to 
encroach on His derelict Dominions and be also hurtful to the 
Province by contracting its Borders and by drawing the War 
nearer to the capital. 

That it was by a long and importunate Intercession of this 
Province (and not of the Memorialists seeking) that they are 
put under the immediate care of this Government which they 
apprehend gives them so much the better Right to its Protec- 
tion. 

That as War is already declared against France and a Rup- 
ture with the Indians hourly expected your memorialists unless 
they have Speedy help will be soon oblidged to dissert their 
Settlements how disserviceable so ever it may be to the Crown, 
and this Province and ruinous to themselves 

Wherefore your Memorialists most humbly Supplicate your 
Excellency the Honourable Council and House of Represent- 
atives to take the Premises into your wise and mature Con- 
42 






658 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

sideration and to grant them such Seasonable Relief as may 
enable them to maintain His Majesty's Dominions in so an- 
cient and well regulated a Settlement as well as to secure their 
own Lives and Fortunes against the Ravage and Devastations 
of a Blood-thirsty and Mercy-less Enemy and your Memori- 
alists as in Duty bound will ever Pray. 

Moses Foster 
Portsmouth June 20, 1744. 



To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Capt. General, 
Commander & Gov in chief in & over liis Majesties Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in New England, the Honourable 
his Majesties Council & House of Representatives in Gen- 
eral Court convened. 

The Memorial & Petition of Benjamin Holt in the name and 
behalf of a major part of the inhabitants of the New planta- 
tion commonly known by the name of Suncook or Lovewells 
Town in said Province Humbly Sheweth, 

That the said plantation has been settled By his Majesties 
Subjects about fourteen years, and a Gosple Minister upwards 
of seven, that the settlers had an eye atenlarging his Majesties 
Dominions bv joiner into the Wilderness, as well as at their 
own Interest 

That many thousand pounds have been spent in clearing & 
cultivating the Lands there, and many more in erecting Houses 
Fortifications. Barns and Fenses. 

That the Buildings' are properly formed for defence, and 
Well scituated for a Barrier being on Merrimack River about 
a Days march below the Conrluence of Winnipishoky and 
Pemissawasset Rivers Both of which are gang ways of the 
Canadians to the Frontiers of this province and within a 
Weeks March at farthest from a very Strong Fort Built within 
these few years by the French at Crown point, which will be a 
Place of constant Retreat and Resort for the French and In- 
dians in all their Expeditions against the English Settlements. 
That the Breaking up of the Settlements will not only Ruin 
the memorialists, But in their humble opinion greatly disserve 
his Majesties interest by incouraging his Enemies to Encroach 
on his derelict Dominions and be also hurtful to the Province 
by contracting its Borders and drawing the War nearer the 
capital. 

That it was by a long and importunate intercession of this 
Province (and not of the memorialists seeking) that they are 
cast under the immediate care of this government which they 
apprehend gives them so much Better Right to its protection. 



To'jjn meeting relating to Rev. A. Whittemore, &c. 

Notice is hereby given to all the freeholders and Inhabitance of the 
Parish of Pembrook to meet at the New Meeting house in s d parish on 
Monday the fifteenth Day of November next at ten of the Clock in the 
forenoon then and there when met, 

firstly to Chuse a Moderator to Regelat s '• meeting. 

Secondly, to see if the Selectmen shall be Impowered by a Vote to 
ses and Rais the money according to Law that the Rev' 1 Mr. Aaron 
Whitemore Recovered by Judgment of Court of the parish of Pembrook 
if Not then 

thirdly to see if they will vote to Rais any money to revew the action 
and further with stand" the Rev. Mr. Whitemore. 

Fourthly to see if they will vote that the Rev. Aaron Whitemore shall 
be forbiden to Do any servise for the futter as a gospel minister for the 
Parish of Pembrook by a Comittee Chosen for that Purpose. 

fifthly to chose a Committee to forbid the Rev 1 Mr. Aaron Whitemore 
to Do any service for the futter as a gospel minister for the parish of 
Pembrook and to make a Return of their Doings to the parish Clark to 
be Recorded. 

Dated at Pembrook in the province of New hampshire October y e 30 
Day 1762 

A true copy per. me 

John Coffrin Parish Clark 

Thorn 3 M c Lucas] 

Will" 1 Knox y Selectmen 

David Conor J 



TOWN PAPERS — PEMBROKE. 659 

That as War has been declared against France for some time 
and a Rupture with the Indians has been hourly Expected 
many of the inhabitants of said Plantation by Reason of their 
being so exposed to Eminent danger from their Enemies have 
already moved from said Plantation The Season of the year 
being such as to give the Indians an opportunity of Disturbing 
the Frontiers. 

And your memorialists unless they have sufficient & speedy 
help will bee soon obliged to Evacuate said Plantation how 
disserviceable soever it may be to (the) crown Dishonourable 
to the government Hurtful to the Province and Ruinous to 
themselves 

Wherefore your Memorialists most Humbly supplicate your 
Excellency the Honourable Council & House of Representa- 
tives to take the Premises into your wise and mature Consider- 
ation and to grant them thirty or forty soldiers to be posted at 
said Plantation for scouting Watching, Warding & guarding, 
with Sufficient Military Stores or otherwise to grant them such 
aids Both with Respect to men & military stores as your Ex- 
cellency & Honours shall think sufficient to secure your Memo- 
rialists Lives & Fortunes against the Ravage and Hostilities of 
our said Enemies. And your memorialists as in duty Bound 
Shall ever pray. 

Benjamin Holt. 

Portsmouth April the 30 th 1745. i 



660 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

At a Legual meeting held at Pembrook November y e 15, 1762. 

firstly voted Thomas Lucas Moderators 

the second Artickel in the warrant Past in the Nagittive. 

the third Artickel in the warent Past in the Nagitive. 

Fourthly voted that the Rev J Mr. Aaron Whitemore Shall be forbiden 
to Do any Service for the futture as a gospel minister for the parish of 
Pembrook by a Comittee chosen for that Purpose. 

fiftly to chuse a Committee to forbid the Rev 1 Mr. Aaron Whitemore 
to Do any Servise for the futter as a gospel minister for the Parish of 
Pembrook and to make A Return of their Doings to the Parish Clark to 
be Recorded 

A true coppy pr. me 

John Coffrin Parish dark 



We the Subscribers Being a Committee chosen by the Parish of Pem- 
brook to forbid the Rev" Mr. Aron Whitemore to Do any service as a 
gospel minister for s d Parish of Pembrook for the futter and accordingly 
we have forbid the said Aaron Whitemore to Do any servise for the 
futter as a gospel minister for said parish. Dated at Pembrook Novem- 
ber y e 15, 1762. 

A" true coppy pr. .me 

John Coffrin Parish dark 

Robert White 
Eleazer Allen 
James Cochran 



At a meeting held at Pembr 

i'J voted Thomas M Lucas Modrator 

2 l >' then the Coppy of our Petition was read by Thomas M Lucas acord- 
ing to the order of Court In the hearing of all that would atend after 
being Posted two Publick days. 

A true Copy Pr. me 

John Coffrin Parish Clark 



Petition for a Justice of the Peace. 
Province of ) To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r 
New Hamp rc j Capt. General Governour and Commander 
in chief in and over his Majestys Province 
of New hampshire and the Hono Me His 
Majesty's Council of said Province. 
Humbly Shews the Inhabitants of Pembrook In said Prov- 
ince, Whereas your Excellency and Hono r " are furnishing the 
Several Parts of your Government with Officers of Justice for 
the Preserving the Ecconomv of Civil authority throughout 
Your Government 

We therefore Humbly Conceive Your Excellency and Hon rs 
will not think us Impertinent or acting more than our Duty in 
offering This our Humble Request That we your Petitioners in 
the Parish of Pembrook aforesaid may have a Person assigned 
them to Keep the peace Throughout this Province and Con- 



TOWN PAPERS — PEMBROKE. 



66 r 



sidering your Excellency & Horr " have very Little personal ac- 
quaintance with our Parishioners, 

We further Beg- Leave to recommend to Your Excellency 
and Hon"' Mr. John Bryent of said Parish of Pembrook as a 
suitable & capable person to be Intrusted with such Office, 
which is of Great Importance as it is Relative to the Honour 
of the Government & to the Peace and safety of Your Excel- 
lency & Hon s Most dutiful and Loyal Subjects the Petitioners 
who as in Duty Bound shall Ever pray &c. 

Pembroke Sep'' 3 Cl ij6j 



John Noyes 
Beuja Norris 
James Conner 
John Conner 
Samuel Jemes 
David Gilman 
Thomas McLucas 
Daniel -McLucas 
James McLucas 
Benja Jenkins 
Joseph Sinkler 
John Sinkler 
Nathaniel Piper 6en. 
Nathaniel Piper 
Wlllm Cochran 
James Cochran Junr 
Janaes Coetaran 
Nathaniel Martin 
Pomfrett Whithouse 
Kobert McDaniel 
Jolin Cullimore 
Francis McCoy 
Solomon '.Yhitehouse 
Neh^miah McDanel 
Robert McDaniel 
John Cochran 
Josiah Allen 
rchaboxl Clark 
Sam! M'Conel 
James life 
Moses McConel 
John Man 



James Man 
John Man Jun. 
Nathaniel Walker 
Decon James Moor 
Robert Moor 
William Moor 
Jacob Doyne 
John Moor 
Ambros Gookl ? 
William Robertson 
Andw Robertson 
Thos Robertson 
Samuel Connor 
James Martin 
Andrew Euuten 
Daniel Moor 
James Cunningham 
David Connor 
Saml Noyes 
Benja Noyes 
John Noyes Jun. 
Saml Karr 
Eliphalet Connor 
Wilim Knox 
James Knox 
Joseph Cochran 
John Cochran Jr. 
John McDaniel 
James Garey ? 
Peter Gilman 
Moses Mem ? 



Petition of yn u Bryent agent for the Presbyterians of 
Pembroke. 
_ Province of | To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r 
New Hampshire } Governor and Commander in cheif in & 
over said Province, The hon' n " His Maj- 
esty's Council and The House of Representatives in Gen- 
eral Assembly Conven'd Aug' 2± l - 176S. 
The Humble Petition of John Bryent of Pembroke in said 



662 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Province Esq r agent for the Presbyterean Society in said Pem- 
broke Shezvetk 

That by An act of the General assembly of said Province 
in the 4 th year of His Majestys Reign George the third among 
other things it was enacted " that all Persons then living in 
Pembroke belonging to the Presbyterian Congregation there 
or that should be joined to that Society hereafter Shou'd be 
exempted & exonerated from paying towards the Support of 
the Congregational Minister, of said Pembroke;" excepting 
only for three months, which was the Time of settling the 
Congregational Minister before any Presbyterean Minister was 
settled there ; for which time the said Presbyterean Society- 
were to pay their Proportion according to their Estates & 
ability, as in other public charges. — And it was further Enact- 
ed by the authority afores" that the said Presbyterean Society 
Shou'd pay the sum of Twelve hundred Pounds old Ten 1 " be- 
ing a Sum voted in said Pembroke to defray the charges of a 
Suit at Law bro'ght by the Congregational Minister there for 
his Salary before due — And said Presbyterean Society were 
then in & by the same act incorporated into a Separate Parish 
as to their Church affairs and as to the Support and maintain- 
ing the Ministry in their own form as in and by said act it will 
more fully appear. And your Petitioner's Constituents After- 
wards by an Assessment made upon them for the Residue of ■ 
said Twelve hundred Pounds which they had not paid before 
the Passing said Act (the Major Part thereof being before 
paid) under the hands and Seals of William Moore and Isaac 
White Selectmen of and for said Pembroke for the year A.D. 
1765 had the residue of said Sum collected from them for the 
Payment of said Law Suit, And by Another Assessment under 
the hands and seals of Ephraim Blunt Will 111 Moore and 
Isaac White Selectmen of snid Pembroke for the year 1764 
y r Pet r - Constituents were obliged to pay the other Sum 
ordered in said act to be paid by said Constituents to the Con- 
gregational Minister of said Pembroke for said three months' 
Preaching That Isaac White in the Name of the Congrega- 
tionals of said Pembroke after the Payment of said Sums by 
the said Presbyterean Society to the said Congregationals in 
Manner afores 1 did Petition the said General Assembly ; set- 
ting forth among other things contaiii'd said Petition, Wk That 
the said Sums above mentioned were then unpaid and that 
Particular Persons had given their Security for Payment of the 
Same with Interest which Several Sums amounted to one hun- 
dred and twenty Pounds lawful money besides several years 
Interest, which ought to be assessed on Part of the Inhabit- 
ants of said Pembroke only" Meaning your Petition' s Con- 
stituents. Your Petitioners Constituents As Soon as they 



TOWN PAPERS PEMBROKE. 66$ 

were served with a Copy of said last mentioned Petition they 
ehose Capt. Thomas Lucas as their Agent to appear in their 
Name and oppose the Prayer of said Petition ; who attended 
two Sessions of the said General Assembly and said Petition 
not being acted upon at either return'd home at the third Ses- 
sion of said Assembly the said Lucas was accidentally or 
Providentially hindered from Attending at which Session the 
Petition passd in favor of the Petitioners without any of said 
Constituents being present to contradict and disprove the Cap- 
ital facts therein alledged — In Consequence of which an Act 
was passd thereupon to levy and collect of the said Constitu- 
ents the same sum of money they had before paid in Manner 
afore mentioned. The Committee impowered by said Act to 
Assess said Sums have assessed said Constituents for the 
Same. Wherefore your Pet r Humbly prays in behalf of his 
said* Constituents, That your Excellency and Honors would in 
your great Wisdom exempt and exonerate them from the Pay- 
ment of any Part of the Several and respective sums assessed 
on them by said Committee. — That you would order y { the 
Collection of said Tax might be suspended in the mean Time, 
or any other Way relieve said Constituents from the grievous 
and insupportable Burden they labor under. And your Petit r 
as in Duty bound shall ever pray. 
Aug 25* 176S 

Jn j Bryent, } Agent for the 

j Presbyterean Society 

In Council Aug 27 th 1768 

read & order'd to be sent down to the Hon ble Assembly. 
Geo. King Dep. Sec*' 



Petition to send a representative. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq 1 ' Capt. General Gov- 

ernour k. Commander in chief in and over His Majesty's 

Province of New Hampshire. 

The Petition of the Freeholders and Others Inhabitants of 
the Town of Pembroke in the County of Rockingham, 

Humbly Sheweth 
That your Petitioners in the aforesaid Town Sensible of the 
right inherent tc English Men to be represented in General 
Assembly according to the British Constitution and the many 
Inconveniences attending the want Thereof Pembroke being 
one of the oldest and best settled Towns within This Prov- 
ince Humbly Pray that your Excellency would be Pleased to 
grant a Precept to Enable them to send a proper person to 
represent them in General Assembly as They Can by no 



66$ 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



means Think Taxation and Representation Can be Sever'd 
without Committing a Palpable Breach in that Inestimable 
Paladium of English Liberty, 

Magna Charta 

And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound will Ever Pray. 

Dated at Pembroke April i2 :: - 1774 



Saml McConnel 
James Head 

Thomas ? 

Moses Tyler ? 
Joseph Baker 
Ephraim Blunt 
Berija Holt 
John Mann 
Joseph Emery Jun. 
Pomphret Whitehouse 
Benjamin Norris 
Joshua Tyler 
Jno Bryent 
David Connor 
David Gilman 
Jonathan Dix 
Richard Bartlett 
Nathan Waite 
Samuel Conner 
Saml Noyes 
Ebenezer Frye 
Nathl Martin 
Ichabod Robie 
Aaron Wiiittemore 
Danieal Lucas 
Robert Hastings 
John Connor 
Samuel Jenncs 
John Carlton 
John Clark 
John Ayer 
Benja Piper 
Joseph Emery 
James Knox 
Nathaniel Piper 
Nathaniel Pyper 
Willm Cochran 
James Cochran 



James Cochran Jun. 
William Martin 
James Martien 
Nehemiah McDaniel 
Robt McDaniel 
John Cochran 
Solomon Whitehouae 
Peter Robinson 
Robert Cochran 
Stephen Bartlett 
Caleb Lovejoy 
Joseph Swett 
Samuel Follet 
Mickel Kimball 
David Kimball 
Caleb Foster 
Moses Foster 
Nathan Holt 
Willm Knox 
Zebulon Robinson 
William Marston Junr. 
James Fife 
David Famum 
Lemuel Srickney 
James Cunningham 
John Whittemore 
John Fife 
William Fife 
James Robinson 
William Mann 
Isaac White 
John 3Ioor Jun 
Robert Moor 
Moses McConnell 
Jonathan Eliot 
Andw Robertson 
Saml Daniel! 
Joshua Kimball 



TOWN PAPERS PETERBOROUGH. 665 



PETERBOROUGH. 

[This town was granted by the Province, of Massachusetts, in 1738, 
to Samuel Haywood, and others. The first settlement was effected in 
1739, by W m Robbe. Alexander and William Scott, Hugh Gregg and 
Samuel Stinson. It was incorporated, by the Province of New Hamp- 
shire, 17 January 1760. Ed.] 

Petition of the town oj Peterborough, 
Province of J To His Excellency Penning Wentworth 
New Hampshire j Esq, Commander in Chief in and over 
his Majestys Province of New Hamp. 
The Honourable his Majestys Council of said Province. 
The Humble Petition of us the Subscribers Being Inhabi- 
tants of a Tract of Land Lying in said Province on the West 
side of Merrymac River of the Contents of about six Miles 
square. Commonly Called and Known by the Name of Peter- 
borough in Behalf of ourselves and others the Inhabitants of 
said Tract of Land, Most Humbly shews, That about the year 
of our Lord 1739 a number of Persons in Consequence of a 
Grant of a Tract of land, had and obtain'd from the Great 
And Geir Court, or Assembly of the Province of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay by Samuel Haywood and Others his Associates 
Granting to them the s- Tract of Land on certain Conditions 
of Settle r and in Pursuance whereof a number of People 
Imediately went on to said Tract of land and began a Settle- 
ment. (Tho then Very Far from any other Inhabitants) which 
we have Continued Increasing ever since the s' 1 year 1739, 
Except Sometimes when we left said Township for fear of 
Being Destroved by the Enemy who Severall times Drove us 
from our Settle" soon after we Began, and almost Ruined many 
of us. Yet what Littie we had in the World, Lay there, and 
we having no wheither Else to Go Return'd to our settle'- as 
soon as Prudence would addmit, where we have Continued 
Improving Constantly Ever Since and have Cultivated a Rough 
part of the Wilderness to a Fruitfull field, the Inhabitants- of 
said Tract of Land are Increas'd to the Number of forty five or 
Fifty Famelys, and our Situation, with the Respect to the 
Terms we at first Settl'd on are Such that we Cannot hold any 
Proprr' meeting at all to pass any Vote or Votes that will be 
Sufficient to Oblige any person to do any part towards Suport- 
ing the Gospel Building a Meeting house and Bridges, Clear- 
ing and Repairing Roads all which wou'd not only be a Ben- 
efit to us Settlers to have it in our power to do but a Great 
Benefit to People Travelling to Connecticut river and those 
Town-s settling beyond us. Therefore we Humbly Request of 
Your Excell & Hon" to take the Premises under Considera- 



666 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

tion and Incorporate us that we may be Invested with Town 
Priveledges and immunities as other towns are in this Province 
And Your petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c. 
Oct r 3 d 1759 

Thomas Morison 
Jonathan Morison 
Thomas Cunningham 
Your Petition rs beg leave to add as a matter of Considerable 
Importance that the only Road from Portsmouth thro' this 
Province to number four is thro' said Township of Peterbor- 
ough & which makes it more necessary to Repair said Road 
within said Township & to make many Bridges which they 
cannot do unless Incorporated & Enabled to Raise Taxes &c. 



Petition for a new Cozinty. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain General, 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over his Majesties 
Province of New Hampshire 8c the Honourable His Majes- 
ties Council & House of Representatives in General Assem- 
bly Conven'd. 

The Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Sundry 
Towns to which our names are annexed, All in the Province 
aforesaid Humbly Shews That by Reason of our Remote Sit- 
uation from the Metropolis of the Government, where all the 
Courts Legislative & Executive are held Our Expense time & 
Trouble &c to Recover our Just Debts is Often greater than 
our Debts, & if the Case Requires Evidences & the Def c Ap- 
peals & procures a few Continuances we had better let any 
man with Hold a sum Large enough to Distress a poor family 
than be quite Ruined according to Law. in Perticular our 
Widows, Fatherless. & Orphans suffer, to settle an Estate 
agreeable to Law leaves little or nothing to Suport the Survi- 
vors. Some are so unreasonable that they Report when we 
have a County on Our side Merrimac River, the Shire Town 
will be at that or Connecticut River & some are so weak as 
to believe it will be so, Either of which is so absurd & unjust 
it would be an affront to Common Sense & Impartial Justice 
to Offer Reasons for or against either. 

Our prayer is first that we may have a County 

Secondly that a Committee of Judicious Impartial Gentle- 
men may View all the Land & number all the Inhabitants, 
Intended to be Included in said County and every Circumstance 
being maturely Considered & every Reason Estimated at its 
Proper Nature we doubt not (from your well Known Clemency 



TOWN PAPERS PETERBOROUGH. 



667 



& Impartial Justice) But we shall have a County & the Shire 
Town Appointed where it will best Accommodate the Inhab- 
itants that are or may be within its Bounds, Which is all our 
desire & your Petitioners as in Duty Bound will ever pray. 
Dated Sep. 2 d A D. 1767. 

Charles White 
Jonathan Morison 
John Goforth 



John Young 
John Scott 
Alexander Swan 
Samuel Cunningham 
Humphery Emmory 
James Houston 
Samuel Willson 
John Taggart Junr. 
Hugh Willson 
Thomas Cuningham 
Gustavas Swan 
Moor Stinson 
Alexander Scott 
William Scott 
William Cochran 
William Spear 
Robert Willson 
Isaac Mitchell 
James Robbe 
John White 
Thomas Morison 
John Morison Junr. 
Robert Morrison 
John White Junr. 
Charles Stuart 



Thomas Morison Junr. 
Benjamin Esterbrook 
James Willson 
John Graggjunr. 
John Willson 
Joseph Hammbel 
Neel Hammbel 
John Gragg 
Samuel Gragg 
Matthew Miller 
James Miller 
William Miller 
John Taggart y* 4 th 
Hugh Gragg 
Sanv Gragg 
James McDonlad 
William Robbe Junr. 
Sam' 1 Mitchel 
Samuel Stinson 
John Robbe 
Moore Stinson 
James M* Coone 



Petition relating to Peterborough Slip. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain General 

and Governour in Chief in and over his Majestys province 

of New hampshire and vice Admiral of the Same & the 

Honourable his majestys Council. 

The Humble Petition of us the Subscribers humbly sheweth 
that whereas there is a certain part or Tract of Land in our 
Said province. Known by the name of Peterborough Slip un- 
incorporated and not enough to make a town or Destrick and 
not under any regulation whereby we can repair our Roads 
which Lys unrepaired to the great Detriment of the Inhabit- 
ants and the publick in general, we therefore humbly pray 
your excellency and honours that said tract or parcell of Land 
known by the Name of Peterborough Slip aforesaid may be 
annexed to the town of Peterborough as the most Contiguous 
Incorporate town that we may Injoy every privilidge consistant 
with our Infant State all which we' Submit to your excellence's 
and your honours Clemency and as our Distant Situation is 



66S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

well known to you we from your well known candor cannot 
fail to meet with Dispatch, we hope your compliance and we 
as in Duty bound will ever pray 

Peterborough Slip in the province of New hampshire May 
18™ 1770 

John M Allaster 

John Thorn 

William McAllaster 

Peter M c Allaster [> Slip and owners 

William McNee , of Land in the 

David Moor Same 

John Swan Jun r J 



Inhabitance of s' 1 
Peterborough 



Petition relating to Rev. yohn Morrison. 

Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 1 ' 

New Hamps " \ Capt. General Governor & Commander in 

• chief in & over the said Province of New 

Hampshire, To the Honourable his majes- 

tvs Coimcill & House of Representatives. 

The Humble Petition of us the Subscribers Being Inhabit- 
ants of The Town of Peterborough in the County of Hills- 
borough & Province aforesaid Humbly Sheweth that about 
five years since the Reverend John Morrison was Legally ap- 
pointed to & ordained in the work of the ministry in said Town 
since which Time he has been guilty various times of profane 
swearing, Drunkenness, Immodest Actions & conversation & 
other Lew'cl wicked & Disorderly behaviour Quite unbecom- 
ing the christian character by Reason of which your Petition- 
ers Humbly apprehend that he is by no means Suitable to Ex- 
ercise the sacred function, nor can they derive any Benefit or 
advantage from his ministry or Injoy any of the christian ordi- 
nances under his administration 

Wherefore 3'our Petiticners most Humbly pray That your 
Excellency & Honours would take the matter under your wise 
consideration & Release them from the agreement En- 
tered into by them at the time of said Morrison settlement 
That they may have Liberty to settle & support some other 
minister who shall better support the ministerial character or 
grant them such other Relief as your Excellency &, Honours 
shall Think proper & your Petitioners as in Duty bound will 
Ever pray. 

Dated at Peterborough Novem' 27 th 1771 

William M Nee William Cochran 

Samuel Miller Archibald Cindinor 

James Cunningham John Willey 



Petition for a division of Peterborough. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Capt. Gen 1 Com d in 
Chief in and over his Majestys Province of New Hamp- 
shire & Vice admiral of the same, and to the Hon bu his 
Majestys Council. 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Freeholders of the Town 
of Peterborough Incorporated by Benning Wentworth Esq r 
late Gov. of said province, the Free holders of that Tract of 
Land called Peterborough Slip, the Freeholders of that Tract 
of land called the Society, together with part of the Free- 



TOWN PAPERS — PETERBOROUGH. 669 

Mathew Miller James Taggart 

James M c Keen William NcNe Jun r 

William Miller Alexander Robbe 

James Miller David Steel 

Neall Hammel John Smith 

Sam 1 Willson Robert Morrison 

James Willson Joseph Hammill 

John Gragg Junr. Sam 1 Cunningham 

John Willson Thomas Little 

Daniel Mack John Mitchel 

Jasaniah Crosby Elijah Puffer 

William Moore John Puffer 

Hugh Willson Hugh Gregg 

Sam 1 Mitchel Abraham Holmes 

In Council Dec 14, 1771 

The Petition was read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble As- 
sembly 

Geo King D. Sec- V 

Province of > In the House of Representatives Dec r 16, 177 1. 
New Hampshire J Upon Reading this Petition Voted that the Petition- 
ers serve the said John Morrison with a Copy of this 
Petition & order of Court thereon that he may be heard thereon the 3 1 
Day of the sitting of the General Assembly after the 15 th day of Jan- 
uary next to shew cause if any he has why the Prayer hereof should not 
be Granted. 

Attest W m Parker Clerk 
In Council Decern'"' 18, 1771 

This Petition having been Read the above Vote was non concurred & 
4t is ordered that the Petition be dismissed. 

Geo King D. Sec? 
In Council Decern. 20, 1771 

This Petition was read & reconsidered and Concurred with this amend- 
ment, that the Selectmen of Peterborough be also served with a Copy 
of this Petition by order. of Court. 

Attest Geo. King D. Secy 
In the House of Representatives Dec 20, 1771 

The above Vote of Council being Considered & the Question being 
put it pass'd in the Negative, it was then proposed that this petition be 
Dismissed Accordingly the Question being put it pass'd in the affirma- 
tive 



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holders of the Township of Jeffrey, most Humbly Shews — 
That your Petit" are at great inconveniencies as to the situa- 
tion of said Vacant Tracts unincorporated, that the Tract 
called the Slip on the Southerly side of said Peterborough, & 
the Tracts on the Northerly side called the Society is neither 
of them near half sufficient to make a Corporated town or 
parish, and y r petitioners pray your Excellency & Honours to 
Divide the said Township of Peterborough into two parts by 
a Westerly line extending from the middle of the East Bound- 
ary to the middle of the West Boundary of said town, so that 
the Southerly part of said Peterb may be annexed to the 
aforesaid Slip, together with four teir of Lotts taken off from 
the Easterly part of Jeffrey which will make one valuable 
Township, and your Petit" i pray your Excellency & Honours 
to add to the North part of Peterb ' about Three miles north of 
the now north Boundary extending by a west line from the 
west Boundary of Francestown till it meets with a line ex- 
tending North from. the North-West corner of said Peterb so 
that one other Compleat Township may be made, & your 
petit rs pray your Excellency & Honours to Incorporate said 
towns by "the lines aforesaid which will much Facilitate the 
Settlement of the vacant Lands which now lye uncultivated 
in the aforesaid Towns and Vacant Tracts besides much con- 
tributing to the Enjoyment of their Civil & Religious Rights 
& Priviledges and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound will ever 
pray. 



Peterborough Slip 
Gilbert MeCay 
John McAllester 
John Davis 
James McXee 
James Millikin 
Solomon Coleman 
John Taggart Jun. 
David Moore 
Andrew Baley 
Jacob Burkliard 
John Whiteman 
Henry Sallanham 
Jobn Swan 
John Taggart 
Josiah Crosby 
Andrew Conn 

Jeffrey. 
James Hey wood 
Samuel Butters 
Benjamin Nutting 
Daniel Davis 
Ezekiel Hildreth 
Alpheus Brigham 
Phineas Spaulding 



John Priest 
Benjamin Dole 
Ebenezer Thompson 
William McAllister 
John Davidson 
Joseph Turner 

Peterbo-rough 
William McNee 
William McNee Jun. 
John Richey 
Jobn Taggart 
Eobert Smith 
John Swan Junr. 
Samuel Hogg 
Thomas Morison Jun. 
John Morison 
John Smith 
Thomas Morison 
William Smith 
John Scott 
James Cunningham 
William McCoy 
Samuel Miller 
Samuel Miller Jun. 
Hugh Willaon 



TOWN PAPERS— PETERBOROUGH. 67 1 



Neal Hammel John White Junr. 

Jotham Blanchard Robert Morrison 

Samuel Gregg 

William Scott Society 

Samuel Willaon Moses Morison 

James Willson John Graham 

Abram Holmes George McClorg 

James McKeen Jonathan Barnett 
Thomas Cunningham 

April i8 !ii 1774 



Petit ioji against a division. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captin General 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire and Vice Admiral of the 
same and also to the Honourable his Majesties Council, 
the Request of your Petitioners Humbly Shevveth 
That whereas your Excellency and Honours Petitioners 
(viz) Petterborrough and petterborrough Slip So called to- 
gether with some of the inhabitants of the town of JafFrey Are 
Desirous of obtaining four hundred Rods off the East End 
o. r JarTrey : 

Now we the Subscribers your Petitioners are of the mind 
that if Petterborrough Be Divided according to their Request 
and added to the petterborrough Slip it will Be accomo- 
dated Both in quantity and qualaty for as Compleat a town as 
the town of JarTrey as it now Stands Likewise in the West 
End of s' JarTrey there is a Number of Baptists are now Em- 
bodyd into a Society and we Expect that they will Enjoy their 
Preveiidges without interuption also in the north West part of 
s' 1 town is included Most part of the Grand Monadnock Moun- 
tain and some Great ponds and other uninhabitable Lands 
(Viz) to the amount of Between two and three thousand 
Acres. 

Also Near the Center of s ; town is Laid out ten acres of a 
Common and some Considerable of Labour Done upon it and 
a Burying yard laid out and Some people interred there also 
the Roads are opened By s d Center so as to accommodate a 
Meetting House. 

Now if Such a Division Should take place it will unavoida- 
ble Deprive us of many Valuable priviledges Such as Main- 
taining the Gospel and otherwise. 

For Which Reasons aforementioned we your Humble Peti- 
tioners Request your Excellency and Honours indulgence in 
Letting us Enjoy the aforesaid Town of JafFrey as it now 
Stands Bounded, therefore trusting to your Excellency and 



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honours fidelity we your Petitioners Shall as we are in Duty 
Bound Ever Pray. 
JarTrey April y° 8 th 1774 

William Mitchell 
Francis Wright 
Solomon Grout 
Oliver Hale 
John Gilmore 
Oliver Procter 

his 
Dennis X Organ ? 

mark 
Samuele Sherwin 
John Harper 
Simon Warren 
Peter Warren 
Joseph Hodge 



Willm Smiley 
Mather Wright 
Jonathan Priest 
Dciniel Priest 
Jona Blodget 
Samuel Milliken 
William Milliken 
Ebenezer Ingalls 
Stephen Adams 
Peter McAUaster 
Robt Dunlap 
Joseph Wright 
Roger Gilmore 
William Turner 
Elded Hetbreth ? 
John Little 
John Stanley 
John Smiley 



Jonathan Stanley 
Isaac Baldwin 
Jason Hemmenway 
Thomas Adams 
Isaac Wesson 
Elias Hathorn 
Hiram Dean 
Ebenezer Hathorn 
Samuel Peirce 
Ephraim Whitcom 
John Borland 
Jacob Peirce 
William Hogg 
William Fisher 
Robert Gilmore 
David Hunter 
John Briante 
Kendall Briant 
Joseph Cutter 
Joseph Thorndick 
Joshua Thorndick 
Samuel Woodberry 

Baptists, Jefrey 
Henry Cofl'een 
Alexr McNeall 
Jonathan Jewett 
David Goodell 
John Henderson 
Nathaniel Turner 
David Allen 
David Stanley 



PLAISTOW MD ATKINSON. 
[See Atkinson.] 

Selectmen of Plaistozv' 's Petition about a Constable. 
To His Excellency Bening Wentworth Esqr. Capt. General 
and Governor In chief In and over His Majesties Province 
of New hampshire, To the Honor 1 Council- and Represent- 
atives in said Provance, in Gen 1 Assembly Convened, y 8 3 d 
day of Dec r 1754. 
The Petition of the Subscribers to your Excellency and 



TOWN PAPERS PLAISTOW AND ATKINSON. 673 

Hon" Humbly Sheweth, that at the annuali Town Meeting 
held in Plastow by adjornment from the Laste Wensday of 
March Laste in this Present year then and their Was chosen to 
the offis of a Constabell for the year then Ensuing Moses Bel- 
knap and also by Vote of the Town Samuel Kimbeli who was 
one of our Constabel for the year paste was ^.vcepted of to 
serve as Constable Present year in the Roome of Benjamin 
Pettingall who was chosen Constabel at our rirste meeting, so 
it Hapned our Town Clarke Lieu' Thomas Hale omitted Cum- 
ing to meeting at our adjornment and Refuse th to Record these 
men as Constabels Because there was no Clark chosen Pro'-"-'™ 
for that Day to Return the Votes to him. As to their being Le- 
gally chosen ii.vcepted of by the Town and sworn it can be 
attested to not onely by the Moderator but by the Town then 
present the Town not Noing the Nesesety of a Clerk it was 
omitted and their arisesth a Dispute in the Town that wee have 
no Constabels Notwithstanding the Moderators giveing them 
in to the Town Clerk upon oath and they have ofisiated in their 
offis by sarving warrants and wee have Committed a Tax or 
Assessment to them. 

If your Excellency and Hon ri would Compassionate ouer 
Surcumstances and Releave us under ouer Present Deficulty 
as in vour Wisdom shall think beste. 



Samuel Little ^ , 

T A -,r I belectmen 

JOHN \\ EBSTER > r D , , 

•^ r^ i tor Plastow 

Thomas Cheney ) 



In Council December 12 th 1754 

read & ordered to be sent to the Hon b,e House 
Theodore Atkinson Sec? 
Province of \ In the House of Representatives Dec r 12 th 1754 Upon 
New Hamp r - / Reading the within Petition and hearing the partys, The 
House are ot opinion y ' the Town clerk of Plaistow ought 
to Record the Votes refered unto in the within Petition and that he be 
and hereby is directed to do the same. 

Matthew Livermore Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec?" 
Eodem Die Consented to 

B. Wentworth. 



Province of \ Hampstead November i 11 1754. then the within 
New Hampshire J named Nicholas White Esqr. made Solemn oath that 
on the Second day of April last past the annual Town 
Meeting in Plastow in said Province was held by an adjornment at the 
Meeting House in said Town at which time and place the within writen 
voats was past. 

sworn before Daniel Little Just, peace. 



To Left. Thomas Hale town Clerk for Plastow, these are to desire you 

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674 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

forth with to Record y° within written vote in the town Book — they be- 
ing the true minnits of the town meeting. 
Piastow Novemb 1 " y e i Jt 1754 

xt- 1 iiru-.. ^ Moderator for 
Nicolas White} s a meeting 



Province of ) Piastow Aprill y 9 2, 1754. At the annuall town meet- 
New Hamp re / ing this Day hild by adjornment from y" Last Wensday 
of March Last the meeting being opened at time and place, 
By vote of the town Mr. Sam !; Kimball is incept of to serve as Con- 
stable this year Ensuing In the Place of Mr. Benjamin Pettengel who 
waschosan Constabei at our Last meeting Past on the Last Wensday of 
March. 

By vote of the town Mr. Moses Belknapp is chosen Constabei for the 
west part of y e town for the year Ensewing. Jonathan Page chosen tith- 
ing man Steven Dole Hogreaf. the meeting adjourn to the S'- r ' of Aprill 
Instants at 2 of the clock in the after Noon the town Clark not present 

Nicolas White, Moderator 



Vote of Haverhill District to set off Timberlain. 

At a Legal District meeting Holden at the old meeting House in said 
District on february y« o/ h 1747, on the behalf of a Petition from Tim- 
berlane so called with their Desire to be set off into a Destinct Parish 
by themselves as followeth viz : Beginning at Jonathan Stevens South 
West corner bound near the Islande Pond then Running by the East- 
erly Side of Clements Land to his South Easterly Bound then Running 
by the Northerle side of Caleb Heaths and John Dustans Land to the 
Brook that Runs from Emersons mill, then Running by the Southerly 
side of Capt. George Littles and Thomas Littles Land to his Easterly 
corner Bounds which is in Cloughs Medow, then Running to the North- 
westerly corner of Thomas Hales Land and on the northerly side of 
said Hale's land and from the North Easterly corner thereof to the near- 
est Place in Almesbury Line. The said Timber lane ware set of by a. 
vote according to the Bounds above mentioned excepting Capt. George 
Little and his Son Thomas and Joseph and their Lands to be kept on 
the South of their Line. 

A True Coppe Taken from the Book 

Thomas Hale District Clerk 



Portsmouth Feb. 13 th 1746 
Sir. 

I am directed by His Excellency to acquaint you that in order to Sup- 
port the Petition of Peter Petee & others of Haverhill district, it will be 
necessary to have a plan taken of that district Including Mr. Cushings 
Parrish 6c to mark on s ,! Plan the Situation of each House. For which 
6ervice The Gov has appointed Peter Pettee Richard Heath Joseph 
Little & Thomas Little, who are to take the plan above mentioned upon 
oath & return it into the Secretarys office, as soon as it can be conven- 
iently done. The charge arising hereon to be born as shall be ordered 
by the Governor & Council I am Sr. 

Your hum ble Serv 1 

By His Exc sl Command R. W. Sec' 

To Mr. Thomas Little 

in Haverhill district 



TOWN PAPERS PLAISTOW AND ATKINSON. 675 

Petition for a town or parish. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governour and 
. Commander in Cheif in and over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hamp re and the hon ble his Majestys Councill for said 
Province. 

Humbly Shew Your Petitioners Inhabitants in the westerly 
part of Haverhill District, 

That your Petitioners live at a Great Distance from any 
place where the Publick worship is maintained. That Our 
Situation is such as is Convenient for a Township or Parish 
But cannot conveniently be joyned with any other. 

That there are already Sixty or Seventy families here setled 
and more daily Selling- who must be under very great Disad- 
vantages with Regard to the Publick worship of God unless 
we can obtain to have it Setled among Ourselves. 

We therefore pray your Excellency & Honours that we may 
be Incorporated into a Town or Parrish as you shall Judge 
most proper by the following Bounds Beginning at the west- 
erly corner of Jonathan Stevens' land by the Islandy Pond and 
from thence to the Northwesterly Corner of Thomas Hales 
farm and from thence Southerly to the Province line so as to 
make this line half way between Mr. Cushing's Meeting house 
and John Watt's at Providence Brook or as near to half way 
as may be tho't Reasonable, from thence westerly by y e Prov- 
ince line to the head of the District then Northerly so far as 
that an East line passing from the end of this Northerly line 
to the first mentioned Bounds shall Include all the Land to the 
Southward of Islandy Pond. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c. 
John Watts Edward Carlton 

Seth Pattee Joseph Little Jun r 

Richard Patee John Currier 

Michah Amey James French 

Obediah Dus'ton George Little 

Caleb Duston Samuei Watts 

Obediah Eastman Wyman Wise 

Alexander Gordon Thomas Cross 

John Watts Jun r Benjamin Wheeler 

Caleb Heath Stephen Wheeler 

Joseph Palmer Richard Heath 

James Heath John Duston 

Samuel Duston Philip Hite 

Moses Belknap Thomas Duston 

Philip Nelson William Morrison 

John Clements 

We the Subscribers Consent to the Lines mentioned in the petition 
of Daniel Little & others any thing mentioned herein to y e contrary 
notwithstanding. » 

John Pecker 
John Watts 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition against being set off as a nezu Parish. 
To His Excelency Bennen Wintworth Esqr. Capt. General 
and Governor in chief in and over the Province of New- 
Hampshire, and to the Hon Me Councill of the same. 
The Humble Petition of us the Subscribers in our own be- 
half and others, belonging to the Westerly Part of Haverhill 
District that now belongeth To the Rev. Mr. James Cushings 
Parrish Humbly Sheweth, that it is our Desier and Prayer that 
we may not be separated in to any other Town or Parrish (from 
the Easterly Part) of the District but that we may all be In- 
corporated in to a Town or Parrish (Excepting what has bin 
voted off by the District To Timber lane) so that we may In- 
joy our Priviledge and Proprties for us and our children that 
we may have our meeting House and our Minister That we 
have bin at Great Cost and charges for building Seteling 
and maintaining for near Twenty years last Past and if your 
Excellency and the Hon 1 * Council] think it proper to mak us a 
town with the Easterly Part of the District we Shall Leave that 
to your Hon r ' Wisdom, other ways Pray that we may abide as 
we are and In fuilnlling our Desier and Humble Petition you 
will Greatly oblig your Sarvants, 

Who as in Duty bound shall Ever Pray. 
Haverhill District December y° 29 ::> 1749 

Benj' : Richards Moses Belknap 

Jonathan Page Joseph Littie Junr. 

John Dow Eldad Ingalls 

Timothy Page Edmund Page 

Caleb Page Junr. Nath 1 Knight 

James Noyes Abiel Knight 

John French Robert Greenough 

Samuel Little Humphrey Noyes 

Jonathan Page Junr. Thomas Hale 

Joshua Knight Timothy Ladd 

Ebenezer Knight Caleb Page 

Joseph Noyes John Webster 

Thomas Noyes Daniel Poor 

John Knight Jonathan Nelson 

Nathaniel Knight Jun. Israel Webster 

Joseph Page Jonathan Clements 

Daniel Whitticker Moses Page 



■ . . • . . . ■ ■' ! 

Petition of the Inhabitants in the West part of Haverhill 

District desiring not to be incorporated. 
To his Excellency Bening Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 

Comander in Cheaf in and over his Majesties province of 

New hampshear in New England and to the Honourable his 

Majesties Council &c. 

We the Subscribers being inhabitance in the South west 






TOWN PAPERS PLAISTOW AND ATKINSON. 



677 



part of Haverhill District and Included within the Boundarys 
of the Last Petition brought forward by Capt. John Pecker 
and Mr. John Watts Considering the small number of Inhab- 
itance and the Low Sircumstances that many of them Labours 
under it is our Humble opinion that we are no ways able to 
supporte the Gospell amongst ourselves at present therefore 
we Desier your Excellency and Honours to take our case under 
your wise Consideration and not incorporate us into a town or 
Distinct parrish according to the prayer of the above s 1 Peti- 
tion till we are better abeli to bare the Charges for we are 
obliged by Contract to the Rev. Mr. Cushen and are not a* 
yet set of from his Parish. 

Dated Haverhill District July y 24 th 1749 

Bern Richards John Corrier 

James Noyes Eldad Ingalls 

Jonathan Nelson Daniel Poor 

Daniel Flood John Webster 

Thomas Noyse Jr. Jonathan Page 

Caleb Page' Thomas Little 

Joseph Noyes Edmund Page 
Joseph Page 



Hog & others Petition not to Joyn with Mr. Hazzen accord- 
ing to his Plan. 
To his Excelency Bennin Wintworth Esqr. and Honrable 
Counsel. 

We your humble Pertisioners take Leave to Let you knovr 
part of our Greavies Coused by Mr. Richard Hazzen Per- 
tisions and plan if he obtains will Cut and Carve our Land & 
privelage all to pieces who ware Orderly Settled on Kings- 
town Property & have a Petition Lodg with the Select men 
of our town in order to be set of as a parish. We pray that 
we may have the opertunity to Let vour Excelency and Hon- 
rable Counsel know what the town does for us who are Law- 
full Setlars who can have now privelage in that Regard unless 
we have part of what is in his Plan. 

We subscribe ourselves yoor Humble Pertisinors. 
Kings' September 16' 1 ' 1740. 
James Huse Isral Huse 

Daniel Hiberd 
Daniel Kid 
Israel Huse Junr. 
William Straw- 
John Pressey 
John Straw Jun. 
Philep Welts 
Jacob Wells 
Benjamin Tucker 
Jacob Tucker 



Jacob Gordv 
Me sac Gordy 
Jonathan Colby 
Orlando Colby 
Moses Tucker" ? 
James Graves 
John Hog 
Joseph Dow 
Reuben Clough 
John Straw 
John Bond 
Note.— A Plan of the district 



is found in the MS. Vol. p. 284. Ed. 



678 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Sanborn, Palmer & Weares report of Haverhill District. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r 
May it please your Excellency, 

In Obedience to your Excellencys appointment we have View'd het 
Situations of the Inhabitants of Haverhill District to see if said Dis- 
trict may. Conveniently be Incorporated into three Townships having 
Regard to those People of Salisbury, and Almsbury District above 
South Hampton that they may be Provided for in one of the Town- 
ships, 

And Beg leave to Report 

That upon the best survey we Could make and Information we could 
have from the Inhabitants it appears to us that the Circumstances & 
Situation of the Inhabitants of said District (as well as their Desire) 
is such that they cannot at present Conveniently be Incorporated into 
more than two Townships. 

It appears to us that at the upper or Northwesterly part of said Dis- 
trict the Inhabitants are Compact and Conveniently Situate for a 
Township or Parish, The Bounds of which (in Our Opinion) may be 
as follows. To begin at the North East Corner of Tyngs farm men- 
tioned in Mr. Hazzens Plan and from thence to Run to the South west 
Corner of Hales farm from thence to Woodbridges Corner Bounds 
from thence tc Morses Corner as mentioned in said Plan and from 
thence to Run north to Shapleys line then to follow Shap ley's line 
westwardly till it strikes Haverhill Northwest line so called then to 
follow Haverhill Northwest line to the head of the District. And for 
the Bounds on the other side to begin at the North East Corner of 
Tyngs farm beforementioned from thence to run on the line of Tyng's 
farm, half way to the Bounds on Hog Hill and from thence on a strait 
Course to Clements Southwest corner bounds by Islandy Pond and 
then as Described in the Plan to the head of the District. This we 
think will conveniently make a Township and the other part of the 
District we cannot find any way be Divided at present to be Incorpo- 
rated into more than one Tounship to be so well for the Inhabitants as 
they are now. 

John Sandburn 
Samuel Palmer 
Meshech Weare 

Portsm Sep' i3 th 1746 



Petition of Haverhill district for a new Parish. 
To His Exelency Bening Wintworth Esqr. Goviner and Com- 
mander in cheaf in and over his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshear in New England and to the Honourable His 
Majesties Councill &c. 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabilance in Haverhill Des- 
trict and Province afore s ' Humbly sheweth, that we are so 
Remote from the Place of the Publick worship of God that 
we cannot attend on it unless with Greate Difficulty and our 
other charges No Less Difficult. May it therefore Please 
your Excelency and Honours to take our case under your wise 
Consideration and Incorporate us and all that Do or shall 



TOWN PAPERS PLAISTOW AND ATKINSON. 



679 



Inhabit with us and a sufficient Parcell of Land Into a town 
•or Distinct Parrish so that we may sit up and maintain the 
worship of God amongst us and Carry on Such business as 
shall be Nessesary with the following Boundaries. Begining 
-at the Stake which stands in the Province Line near Jonathan 
Clements Dwelling House thence Runing noth notheast till it 
strikes Haverhill norwest Line thence by s' 1 Line till it Comes 
to the angle pond thence westerly to the wash Pond and so by 
the Wash pond brook to the Islande pond and so westerly to 
London Dary Line thence by s' 1 London dary Line till it 
comes to Methuen Line thence South easterly by Methuen Line 
till it comes to the province Line thence by the Province Line to 
the first Bounds mentioned andyou will Gratly oblige your Hum- 
ble Petitioners and we shall as in Duty bound for ever Pray 



Peter Pattee 
Biehard Heath 
Joseph Little 
Thomas Little 
Moses Page 
Samuel Watts 
Stephen Dole 
Paul Daston 
John Dustin 
Alexander Gordon 
Richard Patee 
John Ingalls 
Thomas Pope 
Benja Rawlings 
Caleb Page 
Benja Richards 
John Dow 
Edmund Page 
Jonathan Page 
Joseph Page 
Wyman Wise 
Daniel Whitaker 
Gershom Pike 
Nathan Moras 
Timothy Lad 
John Corour 
Henry Sargent 
Abraham Annea 
Timothy Page 
Thomas Dustin 



Obadiah Dustin 
Obadiah Eastman 
Jonathan Wheeler 
Benjamin Wheeier 
Stephen Wheeler 
Abner Wheeler 
Jonathan Wheeler junr 
John Cor>-ier Junr 
John Watts Jim 
Nathaniel Watts 
Daniel Poor 
Moses Belknap 
Joseph Gile 
John Clement 
Daniel Flood 
Jonathan Hutchina 
Nathaniel Knight 
George Little 
John Watts 
Joseph Noyes 
Ebenezer Knight 
Joshua Knight 
James Noyes 
Humphrey Noyes 
Thomas Noyes 
John Knight 
Nathaniel Knight Jun 
Seth Patee 
Benjamin Heath 



680 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Hazzen and others Petition for a Special Act, dec. 
Province of } To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. 
New Hamp rt ' ) Governour and Commander in chief in & 
over s 1 Province of New Hampshire, The 
Hon' u His Majesties Council & House of 
Representatives in General Court assembled 
at Portsmouth August 1744 
Humbly Shaw the Subscribers That sometime in the months, 
of September October or November last many persons liveing 
in Haverhill District in s' 1 Province or near to the same in the 
Town of Haverhill had severall of their Cattle taken out of 
their fields, or pastures and kill'd also Severall Swarms of 
Bees were stolen & the Honey carry'd off by some thievish & 
ill minded persons, as also axes Poultry of all sorts & other 
things. 

That severall of the hides were found in that part of s ' Dis- 
trict which is Commonly called Rumford Parish either hid in 
barns under y' hay, or in other dark holes with the head and 
horns cut off for which reason with many other evidences we 
are well satisfied, the actors of these thefts & Robberies live 
most of them in s ! District or Parish. 

That forasmuch as these actions are for the most part com- 
mitted in the dark where positive evidences can scarcely ever 
be had, it is very hard & difficult to detect & convict the crimi- 
nals in the Ordinary course and Method of the Law, by which 
means the Guilty are become verry bold & daring in their evil 
practices and the sufferers not like to have any recompense un- 
less Some further provision in the law can be made. 

We therefore Earnestly request your Excellency & Honours 
to Compassionate our distressed circumstances and afford us 
releif either by making Some act to bring suspected persons & 
their aiders & assistants on their oaths which we humbly con- 
ceive has been of Great Service in Trespass or Otherwise as- 
your Excellency & Honours in your known wisdom goodness 
& piety shall think best & for your Excellency & Honours your 
Humble petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray &.c. 
Stephen Hase Edward Calton Jun. 

Daniel Bradley Benja Gale 

James McHard had stolen 3 fattCati Henery Springier 

& on Hora & Cow Nathaniel Balch 

Samuel White Jun. Solomon Springier 

Richard Has-eltine Daniel 

Samuel Johnson Nathaniel March 

Stephen Dow Jonathan Springier 

Stephen Wheteaker James Wise 

William Steveus Edward pees Hoit ? 

Nehemiah Stevens Isaac Johnson 

Peter Morse Jamo- Black 



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v.—*?: 



TOmS PAPERS PLAISTOW AND ATKINSON. 



68 1 



Richard Hazzen 

Joshua Bay ley had stolen a swarm of 

Bees 
Edward Flint 
Edmund Greenleaf 
Nathaniel Walker 
David Marsh 
James Pearson 
Jno Mirchel ^ 
James How Lost a swarm of Bees 
Benja Grele 

Jacob Chase swarm of bees. 
John Pecker on cowe 
Willm Folnsby 
Nathan Heseltine 
Natthan Merrill 
Abner Kimball 
Richard Emerson 
Abraham Kimball 
John Molton 
Jonathan Shepard 
Neheraiah Emerson 
James Emerson 
Joseph Litel? 
William Johnson Jun. 
8am uel Wontes 
Henry Herring 
Obadiah Parry 

James Ayer one swarm of beei 
Abiel Foster 
Samuel White 



John White Jun. 
Joseph Atwood 
Moses How 
Joseph Patten 
Jas Pecker 
Nathaniel Knowlton 
Isaac Dai ton 
Obediah Emerson 
Thos Little 
Jonathan Webster 
Oliver Sanders 

Frink 

Ebenr Belnap 

John Osgood Jun. 

Jonathan Leafkiu 

Daniel Poor 

Jonathan March 

William Samson 

Moses Hazzen 

Benjamin Richards 

Daniel Davies 

Nath Cogswell 

Joseph Clement 

Obadiah Bellknap 

Wm Handcock 

Thomas Follansbe 

Timothy Emerson 

Jonathan Stevens 

Jon. Stewart, on fat cowe stolen 

Alexandr Cambii on fat cowe 



Memorial of Col. yames White and others. 
Province of I To his Excellency John Went worth Esq r Gov- 
New Hamp r ' : ) ernor the Honourable his Majesties Council 
and Representatives of said Province in 
General Court assembled. 
The Memorial of James White and others humbly sheweth 
Whereas by a late act or Law of this Province the Town of 
Plaistow is Divided and part of it become a New and Sepa- 
rate Parish, which Includes our Houses and Lands, we ap- 
prehend that our Situation and other Circumstances will render 
it very Difficult for us to become members of the said new 
Parish. And it being Just and reasonable to alow all men 
freedom and Liberty with respect to the choice of a society 
wherein to join in Public worship — 

We therefore Pray that your Excellency and Honours will 
according to your wonted favours Enact and order that we 
with our Estates may be set off from said, new Parish, be an- 
nex'd and belong to said Plaistow (old Parish) in the Same 






682 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

manner as heretofore. And we as in Duty bound Shall ever 

Pray. 

Sep r 1767 

James White Daniel Whiticker 

John Webster Daniel Poor 

Israel Webster Daniel Poor jun. 

John Webster Jun. Jonathan Page 

Jonathan Eatton Stephen Noyes 

Moses Page Humphrey Noyes 

Jonathan Webster Robart Greenough 



William Webster 



Petition of Sundry Inhab^ of Plaistow, 
Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 1 " Cap- 
New Hamp re j tain General Governor & Comander in 
Chief in and over his Majestys Province 
aforesaid &c : & the Honorable his Majestys Council and 
the House of Representatives in General Court Assembled 
at Portsmouth. 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Humbly Shews, 
Whereas there has been lately part of Plaistow set off and 
made a new Sc Seperate Parish bounded according to certain 
Lines which goes by the Name of Atkinson in which we with 
Our Estates falls into the said new Parish, Our Prayer & re- 
quest to this Honourable Court above mentioned is that j 
Whereas we have heretofore assisted in building a Meeting 
House a Parsonage House & have now a Minister settled in 
Plaistow according to our principles & minds Therefore Our 
Desire & request is that We with our Estates may be set off 
from said New Parish and be annexed to the Old Parish or 
Town of Plaistow that we might be & remain as heretofore. 

We therefore Pray that your Excellency and Honors will 
take the matter under Consideration & grant such Relief for 
those who desire to be set off as aforesaid as you in your wis- 
dom shall think best, And we as in Duty bound shall Ever 
Pray &c. 

James White 
Moses Greenough 
Jonathan Eaton 
Samuel Kimball 
Plaistow Septemb r 1767 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives Septem r 14 th 1767 
New Hamp re j The within Petition being Read & Considered, 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon the third day of the Sit- 
ing of the General Assembly after the first day of Novetn 1- next & that 
they serve Mr. Thomas Noyes who is appointed to call the first meet- 



,...„* » .ij i yfftq » . • mf-fty 



TOWN PAPERS PLAISTOW AND ATKINSON. 683 

ing in said Atkinson with a Copy of this Petition & Order that Objections 
may be made to granting the Prayer of the Petition if any there be. 

M. Weare Clr. 

In Council Eod m Die 
Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jr. Sec. 



Vera Copia 



"1 

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J 
T. Atkinson Jun Sec 



Petition for release front support of Hugh Potter. 
Province of I To His Excellency the Governor to the Hon Me 
New Hamp r " ) His Majestys Council, and the House of 
Representatives of said Province in Gen- 
eral Court assembled May y-' 18 th A Domini 1774 
In behalf of the Town of Plaistow in the County of Rock- 
ingham in said Province — the Petition of the Selectmen and 
Overseers of the Poor of said Town of Plaistow Humbly 
Sheweth. 

That about Twenty years Since one Hugh Potter, a very 
aged man, without leave or liberty orderly had, or obtained, 
from Said Town, or the Selectmen thereof, Did come into and 
Obtrude himself upon the said Town of Plaistow by takeing 
residence therein, 6c dwelling there to this day — That accord- 
ing to the best accounts from the said Potter he was a native 
of Great Britain & had never gained a legal settlement else- 
where. 

That from Early life till near the time of his Coming into 
said Plaistow he the said Potter had been in his Majestys Ser- 
vice both by sea & land, and that he had been in several 
Fights as long ago as in y e Reign of Queen Ann &c. and that 
by reason of y" s 1 Hughs account of & about himself he was 
not legally warned to depart out of the Said Town of Plais- 
tow. That the said Hugh Potter has been unable to support 
& maintain himself ever since his residence in said Town. 
That for Seventeen years last past the said Hugh Potter hath 
been maintained & supported at the Public Cost & charge of 
y* s' 1 Town of Plaistow, that the Cost & charge thereof has 
not been less than Eleven pounds lawful money p r an"" 1 for 
several years past, and is now increasing So as greatly to Dis- 
tress, & burthen the s 1 Town &c. 

Wherefore the petitioners in behalf of said Town of Plais- 
tow Humbly pray yr. Excel" & Hon" to take y e premises un- 
der consideration and in your great goodness Grant and make 
an order that the s ! Hugh Potter may for the future be main- 
tained, & supported at the Cost & charge of this, his Majes- 



684 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

tys Province of New Hampshire & that the said Town of 
Piaistow be no longer Chargeable with his support and like- 
wise favour us on account of y° charges we have been at in 
time past or such other way & manner as your Excel • & 
Hon rJ shall think best to relieve y* s '• Town & the Pet s as in 
duty bound shall ever pray &c. 
Piaistow May y e iy 1 1774 

Josehh Welch } Selectmen & 
David Stevens > Overseers of y* 
Ezekiel Gile ) Poor of Piaistow 

In Council May 18, 1774 

The Petition was read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon b,# 
Assembly 

Geo. King, Dep. Sec. 
In the House of Representatives May ig lh 1774 

The* within Petition Read <k Considered and Voted that it be Dis- 
missed. 

M. Weare, Clerk 



PIERMONT. 



Petition of the Com 1 '- of Piermont to the Governor. 
Province of } To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Cap- 
New Hamp rj ) tain General Governor and Commander in 
chief in and over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire. 

The Petition of us the Subscribers being a Committee of the 
Proprietors of Piermont in said Province, Humbly Sheweth 

That in the year 1765, The said Proprietors had a Grant of said 
Township under certain conditions of settlement to be performed 
in Five years from the date of said Grant, and that your Petition- 
ers have laid out and expended Large sums of money in Cul- 
tivating said Town & have settled Fourteen Families Thereon, 
but nevertheless. Through badness of Roads, and the Impos- 
sibility of obtaining Provision i.i that part of the Country and 
also by means of the said Petitioners being Employed a Con- 
siderable part of their time in Transacting the Publick busi- 
ness of the Province, they have not been able fully to comply 
with the conditions of the charter of said Town, and There- 
fore Humbly Pray your Excellency would Grant a further 
Reasonable Time to the said Proprietors, to Fulfill the same 
and your Petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray &c. 

Portsmouth December 22 d 1770 






TOWN PAPERS PLYMOUTH. 



685 



Mark H. Wentworth 
Jonathan Warner 
John Tuilen Mason Esq 
Geo. Jaft'rey 
Rich 1 Jenness 
Jon* Moulton 



D. Warner 
D. Peirce 
John GoiTe 
Clem 1 March 
William Parker 
Christo r Toppan 



PLYMOUTH. 

Petition for leave to send a Representative. 

Province of ") To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 
New Hampshire > Captain General Governor and Com- 

Grafton ss ) mander in Chief in and over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire &c. 

The Petition of the Free holders of the Town of Plymouth 
within the County of Grafton aforesaid, Humbly Sheweth 

That your Petitioners some months past preferred a Petition 
to your Excellency praying for the privilege of a Representa- 
tion for said Town of Plymouth, in the Legislative Authority 
in said province. Agreeable to the Right inherent in them, as 
Englishmen and Freeholders. 

That said Petition by some means or other was dismissed. 

That your humble Petitioners again earnestly Pray your Ex- 
cellency would take this petition under your wise consideration 
and grant them that privilege they think their Just Due by is- 
suing a Precept for the choice of a proper person to represent 
them in the General Assembly Their Interest now suffering 
much for want of that most invaluable Privilege And your 
humble Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray &c. 

Sam Emerson ^ 
James Harvell > Selectmen 
Thomas Lucas ) 

Ebenezer Hartshorn 
William Nevens 
Jonas Ward 
Edward Evans 
William Simpson 
Moses Dow 
Onesiferous Marsh 
William Greenough 
Eliaha Eean 
Samuel Marsh 
Joseph Smith 
Saral Derben 
Thomas M'Cluer 
Jonathan Blodget 



John Fcnton 
Abel Webster 
Gersm Fletcher 
Francis Worcester 
Josiah Brown 
Stephen Webster 
John Willoughby 
David Webster 
James Blodget 
David Hobart 
George Hull 
Berija Goold 
Jacob Merrill 
David N evens 



686 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Joseph Brown Zebecliah Richardson 

Gershom Hobart George Patterson 

James Barnes Zachariah Parker 

Phineas Lovejoy Solomon Wheeler 

Peter Stearns Joseph Wheeler 

Jotham Cumings James Ryan 

Stephen Webster jun. Ephraim Kelse 

Jonathan Bloclget Nahum Powers 

Peter Dearborn Jacob Marsh 

Paul Welis John Webber 
Benjamin Wells 



Petition for a re-survey of land dec. 
Province of \ To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. 
New Hamp r! * J General Governor and Commander in chief 
in and over his Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire, The Honourable his Majesty's 
Council and house of Representatives in 
General Assembly Convened. 
The Petition of us the Subscribers being a Committee 
chosen by the Proprietors of Plymouth Humbly Sheweth, That 
the Corner boundary of Four Townships viz : Plymouth, 
Campton, Rumney and Cockermouth depends upon a certain 
Point or End of a Line, Nineteen Miles in Length, upon a 
Certain Point of Compass from a Certain Tree at Connecticut 
River. That the Severall Partys have at their own Private 
Cost made Several Surveys but do not agree one with another, 
Either in Length of Line or point of Compass, which throws 
the said Townships into Great Confusion and uncertainty, 
Concerning their Boundaries, and Greatly Retards the Settle- 
ment of the Land. Wherefore your Petitioners pray the ad- 
visement of This Honourable Court and that a Committee may 
be appointed to survey the said Nineteen miles and thereby to 
Establish the said Corner Boundary. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound will Ever pray &c. 
Portsmouth December 20 th 1770 

S. Livermore ) Committee 
Moses Little ) for Plymouth 
Province of \ In the House of Representatives Dec r 22 d 1770 
New Hamp re j Voted that the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on 
the fourth Day of the Siting of the General Assembly 
after the first Day of March next and that the Petitioners Cause the 
Substance of this Petition and Order of Court to be Published in the 
New Hamps re Gazett six weeks that any person may shew Cause why 
the Praver of the Petition should not be Granted. § 

M. Weare Cl f 
In Council Jan? i8 lh 1771 
Read and concurred 

Geo King Dep Sec. 



Province of 
New Hampshire 



TOWN PAPERS PLYMOUTH. 



68 7 



In the House of Representatives March 26 1771. 

The Within Petition Considered and Voted that 
it be Dismissed 

M. Weare Clr. 



Petition for a representative. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain general 

governor 8l commander in chief in & over said province of 

New Hampshire &c. &c. 

The petition of us the Subscribers freeholders & inhabitants 
of Plimouth in the county of Grafton in the Province afore- 
said, 

Most Humbly Sheweth 
that the said town of Plimouth is one of the best inhabitted 
towns in said County and one of the towns appointed by y* 
law of this province for holding the courts of Justice in, and 
that no representative hath hitherto been chosen within the 
said Count}' to sit in the General Assembly of this province. 
They therefore pray your Excellency's consideration of the 
premises, and that the said petitioners may be admitted to the 
privilege of sending a representative to the next General As- 
sembly & your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever prav 
&c. 

January 19 th 1774 



William Simpson 

Peter Emerson 

Sam Emerson. 

David llobart 

Abel Webster Town clerk 

James Uarvel 

David Webster 

John Willoughby selectman 

William Sevens 

Daniel Wheeler 

Peter Hobart 

Thorans Mcluer 

Joseph Mnith 

Jacob Marsh 

Amos Webster 

James Hobart 

Francis Worcester 

Joseph Brown 

Josiah Brown 

Benjamin Dearborn. 

Amos Phillips 

Jothann Cumings 

Phineas Loyejoy 

Ebenr Hartshorn 

Stephen Webster 

Solomon Blood 

Peter Steam* 



Silas Brown 
Eleazer Parker 
Solomon Wheeler 
James Ryan 
Gersm Fletcher 
John Webster 
Stephen Webster Jun. 
Benja Derben 
Ebenr Blodget 
James Blodget 
Edward Evans 
Zebediar Richardson 
David Nevens 
Benjamin Goold 
Samuel Derben 
James Marsh 
Winthrop Wells 
Elisha Bean 
Thomas Lucas 
Abijah Wright ' 
Jonas Ward 
Henry Phelps 
George Hull 
Nathl Hull 
John CalJfe 
Gershom Hobart 



VOLUME VI. 

PORTSMOUTH TO WOLFEBOROUGH. 



PORTSMOUTH. i 

[This is one of the oldest towns in the State, having been settled in 
the year 1623. Its Indian name was Pascataquack, and the first Eng- 
lish name was Strawberry Bank. It was incorporated by the name ot 
Portsmouth, 28 May 1753, by the Colony ot Massachusetts, under 
whose government the people of New Hampshire then were. The 
inhabitants in their petition for incorporation say, " the name of thfs 
plantation at present being Straberry Banke, accidentally so called 
by reason of a banke where strawberries -was found in this place": 
They humbly desired "to have it called Portsmouth, being a name 
most suitable for this place, it being the river mouth and good harbor 
as any it: this land/' fon.v Farmer, Esq.] 



Orders relating- to a School. 

Portsm 1 6 Nov r 1708. 

Notwithstanding the pious care of the Governor Council and Assem- 
bly of this Province in Raysing a free Gramar Schoole for the prov- 
ince to be kept in the town of Portsmouth being the head of the Gov- 
ernment & their good provision for the maintainance of the master: 

The Council are now Informed that there is no provision made by 
the Toun of Portsmouth for a Schoole house for the receipt of the 
master and schollars : — 

Ordered, that the selectmen of the toun of Portsmouth be notifyed 
of their neglect herein, and that they forthwith provide a suitable 
house for the said schoole to be kept, that the schollars may not lose 
their time within three days next coming upon the penalty of forty 
pounds to be levyed upon their persons & estates as other fines & 
charge ? into the treasury to be expended in the building of a good 
schoole house for the future service, that the aforesaid good and relig- 
ious Act of the Assembly be not evaded & eluded. 



May &c (as early as 1709). 
Upon the vacancy of the School by Mr. Gambling's desire to be dis- 
charged, the Council have taken it into Consideration of calling a new 
school ma r who would very gladly submit to yo'r Exce' 1 Recom- 
modation of M r Dudly Broadstreet; but fearing he would not be 
every way soe agreable have therefore by the good character they have 
had of Mr. Dan'- Ringe of Ipswich, to give him a call and agree with 
him for 4 years According to the- Act — humbly desiring y r ExcelU 
concurrence therewith. 

[See Act referred to, Prov. Pap., Vol. III. pp. 364, 365. Ed.] 



TOWN PAPERS — PORTSMOUTH 68$ 

Petition for a grant of land. 
To his Excellency Sam' Shute Esq r Capt. Gen 1 & Comander 
in Chief in & over his Maj'ties Province of New Hamp% 
and to the Hon 1 the Council for said Province : 
The humble Petition of the selectmen of the Town of 
Portsm ' within the Prov J of New Hamp r — Humbly sheweth : 
That the former Select men for the s (1 Town of Portsm 
sometime since Petition'd to your Excellency and Hon r:: to 
have a small tract of land granted to the Inhabitants of s d 
Portsmouth at the head of Dover, w was granted, and upon 
view of the s d tract of land and mature consideration thereon 
your Petition" find that it will not answer for the intended 
Settlement. 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray to have the liberty 
to withdraw the s d Petition and to have a tract of land granted 
for a Township to the Inhabitants of Portsmouth whom we 
represent, of six miles front and eleven miles back into the 
woods to be divided among the s d Inhabitants in proportion to 
their rates agreable to a vote past at a Town meeting of the s d 
inhabitants in March last past, beginning four miles and half 
from Dover North east corner bounds upon Dover head line, 
then to run from the s d head line upon a South west point half 
a point northerly two miles for the depth of the Land granted 
to the Iron works ; Then the said Tract to begin at the end 
of the s d two miles and run upon the Same point Eleven 
miles into the woods, and from thence upon a parallell line 
w'-' ! Dover head line six miles to New Boston northerly corner, 
and from the end of the two miles afores d six miles upon a 
parallell line w th Dover head line to New Boston easterly line 
which makes an oblong or Long square tract of Land as is 
laid down in a plot here annext : And your Petition 1 " 3 as in 
duty bound will ever pray. 

Tho 3 Peirce 
John Cutt 
Joseph Moulton 
Selectmen for the toun of Portsm* 1 
The prayer of the petition granted. 
May 4, 1722. 

R. Waldron, Cler. Con. 



Request to the Selectmen of Portsmouth: 
To- the Select men of the town of Portsm in ISTew Hampshire : 

Gentlemen : Whereas in an Act of this Province (of y 3 4 th year of' 
his Majesty King George) entituled an Act for y e better regulating of' 
Town and Proprietary Meetings, among other things, It is enacted in 
the words following:* "That when and so often as ten of the free- 

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69O NEW HAMPSHIRE 

" holders of any Town shall signify under their hands to the select- 
tl men their desire to have any matter or thing inserted into a warrant 
" for calling a town meeting, the Selectmen are hereby required to 
" insert y" Same in the next warrant they shall issue for y° calling a 
" Town meeting " — 

And Whereas at a thin meeting of the said Toun held by adjourm* 
in said Toun, the 7 th of September, 1724. several votes were past as we 
conceive w' : 'out due consideration, respecting the three nooks & gores 
of land mortgaged to Maj r Wm. Vaughan, which votes (in our opin- 
ion) are unreasonable & unjust, and to us a great greivance, & (as we 
are given to understand) very disagreeable and * * * contrary to 
y 9 mind of y e toun in general : 

Therefore, We the subscribers & freeholders of y 1 " said Town, do 
now by these Presents signify to you y r it is our desire to have y* said 
votes reconsidered at y e next town meeting, in order to have y 9 subject 
matter thereon more maturely & deliberately discussed & repass'd upon 
'to y- end that strict justice may be done, our grievance removed & y 9 
town contented touching y e premises ; and accordingly do earnestly 
pray that the same be inserted into the next warrant (alias notifica- 
tion) which you shall issue for y e calling a town meeting Pursuant to 
the afores d (in part recited) Act. 

In testimony of our desire as aforementioned we have hereunto set 
our hands. 

y* 26 th of Feb v 1724-5. 

(Copy) 



Petition i?i relation to a meeting house at the Plains. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Governor and Com- 
mander in chief in and over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire in New England, and to the Honourable the 
Council and House of Representatives convened in General 
Assembly. — 

The Petition of Sundry his Majesty's loyal Subjects, Free- 
holders & Inhabitants of the Southwesterly Part of the town 
of Portsmouth in said Province: 

Most humbly sheweth : That about seven years agoe several 
of your Petitioners with some others (at a vast expence) 
erected a House for the Publick worship of God at the Plains 
(so called) in said Portsmouth ; and from the month of Janu- 
ary i7 2 5 to March 1727, defray'd the charge of constant 
preaching in the said house, pitying their full Proportion of 
the Parish Tax for the support of the Gospel Ministry at the 
Bank at the Same time : But that Burthen bearing a little too 
heavy, the Proprietors of the said house and others commodi- 
ously situated for attending the Publick worship there, at 
length requested the Parish to which they belong' d to exoner- 
ate them from any further levys towards the subsistence of the 
Reverend Mr. Fitch, which they (like well-dispos'd & true 
Christian brethren) by a unanimous vote dated the 4 th of 



TOWN PAPERS — PORTSMOUTH. 691 

March 1727, in a full Parish meeting readily comply'd with ; 
in order to enable the said Proprietors and others to maintain 
the Publick worship of God with the greater cheerfulness & 
more ease amongst themselves, which they have done with the 
utmost alacrity (for the most part) ever since, and found un- 
speakable comfort therein. But forasmuch as the method for 
defraying the charge aforesaid hath hitherto been by a free 
subscription, which has had considerable Inconveniency attend- 
ing it — some paying much more &. some much less than their 
due Proportions, and Some few nothing at all, either there or 
elsewhere ; and moreover your humble petitioners (upon seri- 
ous consideration) earnestly desiring a full enjoyment of the 
Gospel ordinances amongst themselves, from a sincere aim at the 
glory of God and the Health of their immortal souls, do now 
most humbly supplicate your Excellency and Honours to grant 
them an Act of Incorporation for a Parish by the metes and 
Bounds mention'd in the aforesaid Parish Vote ; — an exempli- 
fication of which properly authenticated is hereunto annex'd, 
with the full powers and authority s of a Parish — excluding all 
those that belong to the Mill dam Parish by Law (that desire 
to be excluded) if by Law any such Parish there be. 

Your Excellency and Honours are so well acquainted with 
the common arguments in such Petitions (viz.) The great dis- 
tance from the Meeting-house ; the vast difficulty of travel 
(especially for women & children ; & more especially at some 
seasons of the year) that not more than one in five or six can 
go up to the house of God, and that therefore they are in dan- 
ger of perishing for lack of vision ; labouring under a Famine 
of the word, &c. that'your Petitioners dont think it proper to 
essay any Illustrations on those common themes, but humbly 
take leave only to offer an observation or two for the further 
enforcing their request, viz. 

I st That there are to the best of their knowledge Eighty 
families, (besides the Familys of six widows) one hundred & 
eight ratable heads & four hundred and fifty souls or there- 
about within the bounds mentioned in the aforesaid vote. 

N. B. There are half a dozen Familys or more consisting 
of thirty souls at least (not comprehended in the bounds above- 
said,) more commodiously situated to attend the Publick wor- 
ship at the Plains Meeting-House than- any where else. 

2. That in the year 1727 (as they are informed) there was 
at Greenland but 92 ratable Polls, tho' that has been a Parish 
between 20 & 30 years ; at Newington but 92 which has been 
a Parish near 20 years, at New Castle but 82 ; at New Market 
but 78 ; and at Rye but 72 : By which it appears that the 
Reasons for making a Parish in the Southwest Part of Ports- 
mouth are much greater with respect to numbers, than they 



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were for incorporating either of the Parishes aforesaid, & on. 
all other accounts the same ; and therefore as your Petitioners, 
cannot in the least doubt of your Excellency's & Honours re-r 
ligious disposition to promote the glory of God & good of„ 
souls, so neither can they suspect the success of a prayer sup- 
ported by weightier Reasons, when so many Petitions of like, 
sort, but with much lighter Reasons have so often prevailed. 
We are your Excellency's & Honours most dutiful & obedient, 
servants and shall ever pray as in Duty bound. 

P. S. May it consist with the wisdom of the Legislature, to 
put the Petitioners on the same footing with the Parish of 
Greenland in Regard to an Assembly Man & the Province Tax. 
without further concern with Portsmouth. 



Nathanel Peverly 
Thomas Snell 
James Libby 

Samson X Babb, his mark 
John Bruster 
John Marshal 
Hen. Sherburne, jun. 
Joseph Nelson 
Summers Clark 
Thomas Sherburne 

his 
John X Ham 

mark 
John Tomson 
Isx-ael Hight 
Sampson Babb 

his 
Ricard X Babb 

mark 
James Rowe 
John Hight 

Charles X Brown, his mark. 
Mick. Abbot 
John Brown 

James X Benson, his mark. 
Joel X Wisem? mark 
Jams X Worson, mark 
Sam ! Sherburne 
Jos X Moroson, mark 
Nathaniel Sherburn . 
Matthew Nelson 
John Langdon 



Henry Benet 

Wiliiam Lang 

John X Simons, mark 

Holms, mark 

John Peaverly 

Richard X Honywal? mark 

Joseph Langdon 

Samuel Homes 

Thomas Cotton 

Henkman X Fose, mark 

Cesfo? X Noble, mark 

Nath 1 Tuckerman 

Nicholas Norris 

Noah Sevy 

Thomas Read 

Jn- Walker 

Anthony Rowe, mark. 

Sam 1 Bruster 

Sarrv White 

Joshua Bruster 

John Sherburne 

James Wood 

Henry Benson 

John Langmd 

Phillip Babb 

Jerimiah Holms 

John Holms 

Benjamin Holms 

Lazarus Nobel 

Israel Hunewell 

Sam 1 Row - 

Charles Frost 



[Several names appear to bjftr 
cut off.] 
Margaret Nelson 
Grace Row, widow, 
Wid. Sarah Tomson. 
In. Council March 8 th 1732-3. 

Read and unanimously voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be 
granted & that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a bill accordingly. 
R. Waldron, Secy. . 



TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. '693 

. 
*Ih the House of Representatives, March 9, 1732-3. 

Read and Voted, that the within petition be referred, until the 3' da/ 
of the next Sessions of the General Assembly, & that the Upper and 
lower Parrishes in the Town of Portsm be served with a copy of the 
'Petition, and that so they may appear at the time above s d then to shew 
"reason if any they have why the prayer of the petition should not be 
'granted. 

George Walton, clr. Pro temp r 
March 10, 1732-33, Concurred 

R. Waldron, Secy. 

Same day consented to 

J. Belcher. 

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Petition relating to dividing the Common land in Ports- 
mouth. 
To his Excellencie Jonathan Belcher Esq r Capt. Generall & 

Commander in Chief, in and over his Maj " Province of 

Newhampsh'ire, and the Hon" 10 his Maj lcS Councill for 

said Province : 

The humble Petition of Henry Sherburn Esq r Ephraim 
Dennet E5q r Joshua Pierce Esq r and Mr. William Cotton for 
themselves and others, a Committee for the dividing the Com- 
mon Land of the Town of Portsmouth, In behalfe of the Pro- 
prietors of the said Common Land, most humbly Shezveth: 

That in the yeare 1699, The 1 " was at a legall Town meeting 
held at Portsmouth a vote Past for the dividing the common 
Land of the said Town amongst the then Inhabitants, and per- 
sons as a Committee for Doing the same then appointed, and 
from Time to Time continued of which Com ,j; the above are 
the Major part : which Committees from Time to Time ever 
since (when not obstructed by the Indian Warr,) has continued 
to lay out the said Comon lands to all such as had Right, and 
such Rights quietly enjoyed untill the year of our Lord 1J16 ; 
Since which yeare Sundry of the Proprietors of the Comoh 
land about Greenland adjoining to the town of Streatham have 
been molested and hindered from improving their Rights 
by the Inhabitants of said Town of Stretham, and several Law- 
suits commenced which is the cause of great trouble & charge 
&c. all which happened by the misaplying the Grant or Char- 
ter of the Town of Stretham, as y' Pettition r? humbly pre- 
sumes, which they humbly sheweth happens as hereafter ex- 
prest : 

On the 10 : day of January 1715-16, sundry persons calling 
themselves the Inhabitants of Squamscot Pattent (Tho' there 
never was any such * Pattent) Petitioned the the Hon !lle 

* This is incorrect; unless there i? a confusion of terms— rn akin? n distinction be- 
tween the Squamscot-t and Hilton's Point Patent. See and compare Prov r . Pap. Vol. 
I. pp.. 221-224, untl General :>ml Hist. Reg. IsTO, where the Hilton's Point Patent 
a lias SqiKimecoit, is printed in fall. Eu. 



694 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

George Vaughan Esq r then Liv 1 Governor and Comander in 
Chiefe in and over this Province of New hampshire to be set 
off as a Township ; and therein prescribs bounds ; The said 
Liu 1 Governor with the advice of his Maj tI03 Council! did, on 
the twenty th day of March then next following, grant the Peti- 
tion and gave them a Charter according to the Bounds pre- 
scribed (with the exceptions of fower families,) as by the Char- 
ter may be seen. 

Now those persons that called themselves the Inhabitants of 
Squamscot Patent Did live upon a tract of land that its usually 
said was granted by the Councill of Plim to one Edw ;i Hilton 
and his Associates three miles into the Country from the Maine 
river going up to Exeter, and as such the Towns round about 
acknowledged them, and none ever interfered or claimed within 
the three miles from the Maine River south east into the coun- 
try ; and tho' all their land fell within the auntient bounds of 
the Town of Portsmouth, yet the Town Voted that three miles 
that Mr. Andrew Wiggans claimed should still be to him & 
his heirs &c. And the grandfather of the familly of the pres- 
ent Wiggans (upon the marriage of Son to the Daughter of 
Gov* Bradstreet) made a Deed of Gift of that part of the said 
Hilton's Patent which he claimed (being three miles square) 
and called it Squamscot. the bounds of which Deed were only 
three miles south-east from Exeter River, and no Dispute hap- 
pened till since the grant to the Town of Stretham as aforesaid. 
In running the Bound of which according to the said Charter 
(at the West end of the Wiggan's grant) by an advantage of a 
Southerly turn of Exeter River, the south bound of Stratham 
(against the Wiggan's Grant is fower miles very neare upon a 
South east point) at the west end of Portsmouth bounds and 
they claime that land between the Charter line and the afores d 
Wiggan's Right and so to a Gore at the easterly end, and say 
that it was confirmed to them by virtue of the Grant by Liv* 
Governor Vaughan to Stretham aforesaid ; Which notion had 
and Dos govern much with our country juries , So that those 
persons that have their Comon Rights laid out between the 
lines aforesaid are in a perpetual controversie and law suits. 

For Remedy whereof 

Your Petitioners for themselves and the others of their Soci- 
ety as a Comittee and in behalfe of the Proprietors of the 
Comon Land of Portsmouth, most humbly prays your Excel- 
lency & the Hon ,; Councill, That as the Grant for the Town 
of Stretham was made only by that Hon bi Board, That an Ex- 
planation be made of Stretham charter (that as Wee humbly 
presume) that this Board in that Grant, Did not att all medle 
or pretend to alter the Right of the soile ; and alsoe Wee pray 
that this Hon ' Board Would alsoe appoint a Comittee of In- 



TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. 695 

•different persons to rune the Dividing line between Portsmouth 
and that Deed of Thomas Wiggans £sq r to his son Andrew 
Wiggans ; The Town having no Dispute beyond the Bounds 
of that Deed which Deed is conformable to the Patten of Ed- 
ward Hilton and associates aforesaid ; And your Petitioners as 
in Duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 

Hen : Sherburne 
EPHR m Dennet 
Josh : Peirce. 
Portsmouth, Jan. 3 d , 1733-4. 



Petition of the South Parish in Portsmouth. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Esq. Governor & Com- 
mander in chief in & over His Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire in New England, the Hon - his Majesty's Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives for said Province, in Gen- 
eral Court convened, the 3i s: Day of January, Anno Dom. 

*739- 

The. Petition of James Clarkson, Esq' Thorn' Wright & Dan- 
iel Pierce Mereh ts all of Portsm in said Province, a Commit- 
tee of the South Parish in Portsm afores , and as agents for& 
in behalf of the said Parish : 
Humbly sheweth : 

That there has been for some considerable time a difference 
subsisting between the North and South Parishes in said Town 
respecting the settlement of their Parishioners and the removal 
of certain persons from one Parish to the other & the Taxes to 
be paid by such persons toward Parish charges : 

That sundry persons that have removed from the attendance 
of the Public worship in the North Parish afores 'and have set- 
tled themselves or constantly attended the said worship in the 
South Parish afores 1 for some considerable time past, have not- 
withstanding been rated or taxed toward the charges of the said 
North Parish, & so in consequence of such removal have been 
obliged to pay both ; 

That the greater part of those who have so removed have 
been induced thereto by a Pro:pect of Better accommodations 
for themselves & families in the meeting-house they have re- 
moved to, and think it a hard case that they must purchase 
those accommodations by paying a double Tax ; 

That those persons have not been able (tho' it has been sev- 
eral times requested) to obtain a regular dismission from the 
said North Parish, nor have the Parishes at any meetings, 
or by their delegates (tho' Essays have been made) been able 
to come to any terms of composition relating to the Premises ; 



696 .NEW. HAMPSHIRE 

That the said South Parish conceives the Rule & Method by 
which new parishioners have been & still are to be settled in 
.said Parishes, is such as gives the said North Parish (which is 
much the superior for numbers & riches of its Inhabitants) 
.greatly the advantage, and that therefore it is highly reasonable 
that a new and more equitable Rule for that purpose should be 
establish' d & the former suspended. 

Wherefore your Petitioners humbly Pray that a Law maybe 
now enacted agreeable to a Vote of the Honorable the House 
of Representatives for said Province, of the 1.5" ' of Nov r 1738, 
Respecting the premises (and herewith exhibited) excepting 
only a clause in said vote Relating to such young men as should 
settle on the Estates of their fathers &c. But that the settle- 
ment of such persons should be determined by the same Rule 
therein proposed for the settling of other young men in the said 
Parishes & strangers that shall come .to settle in the said Town ; 
.or .that such other methods or Rules of fixing Parishioners in 
the said Parishes may be established as this Hon' " Court in 
their great Wisdom & Goodness shall think equitable & just 
between the said Parishes. 

And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 

James Clark son- 
Thomas Wright 
D. Pierce. 

Feby. the first 1739. In the House of Representatives : 

The within Petition Read & voted, that the Petitioners serve the 
Wardens of the North Parish in Portsmouth with a copy of this Peti- 
tion at the Petitioners charge, and that they appear to be heard Tuesday 
the I2 lh Curr- to shew cause why the prayer of the Petition may not be 
granted, if the General Court is then sitting; if not then to appearethe 
third day of the sitting of the Gen 1 Assembly next Sessions. 

James Jeffry, Cler. Ass" 1 

In Council, Feb? 6 th 1739-40. 
Read and concurr'd. 

Rich' 1 Waldron, Secy. 

I assent to the above votes, 
Feb- V 6, 1739-40. J. Belcher. 

In the House of Representatives, Feb? 7 lh A. D. 1739-40. Upon re- 
considering the above Vote of the House : Voted, That the Petitioners 
serve the Wardens of the North Parish in Portsmouth with a copy of 
this Petition, and the above order. 



In Council, Feb 1 ' 8 th 1739. 
Read & Concurred. 

Rich' 1 Waldron, Secy 
Feb" 8 tcl 1739-40. Assented to 



James Jeffry, Cler. Ass m 



J. Belcher. 



In Council, Feb-" 15 th 1739-40, 

Read, and on motion made by the Respondents, and the Petitioners 
being heard in answer to the s d motion, 



TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. '697 

Voted That the consideration Of the Petition be suspended till yP next 
ae&oion^of the general Court 

R. Waklron, Secv. 



Remonstrance of Portstnozitk Selectmen. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire, the Hon 1 ""* his Majesty's Council & House of 
Representatives for said Province, In General Court Con- 
vened, Jan v 31, 1739. 

The Remonstrance of the selectmen of the town of Ports- 
mouth in said Province, Humbly Shews 

Th*at the Laws of the Province that relate to the admission 
•of new Inhabitants into any of the Towns in this Province & 
the removal of such persons as obtrude themselves upon the 
Towns, are very defective in many Respects, so that the good 
purposes that were even designed by those Laws cannot be 
attain'd : 

That the said Town of Portsmouth from its situation is 
greatly exposed to the entrance of strangers by sea, from 
which Quarter many enter & become Inhabitants even in spite 
of all opposition & often a charge to the town ; for the pre- 
vention whereof there is no effectual Provision in the said 
Laws : 

That Laws well calculated to remove or Prevent the said 
Inconveniency would certainly be of general Benefit & would 
serve the Interest of every town in the Province & the larger 
Towns in a more especial manner : 

\\ herefore your Remonstrants beg leave humbly to propose 
that the Laws already in force Relating to the premises might 
be perns' d by this Hon'" 1 ' Court, or such as they shall appoint 
to that service & such an additional Act speedily enacted as 
will be necessary for the purposes afores 1 ' 1 

\ our Remonstrants beg leave further to observe : 
That the Town of Portsm afores ' in many places of ft 
being built in a compact manner and in some places there are 
old houses with broken chimneys, ovens &c. and the dwelling 
in these houses especially in the winter season greatly exposes 
them to the danger of fire, by which, if they should be con- 
sumed whole streets might meet with the same fate. 

Wherefore they humbly pray that a Law may now be made 
authorizing some officer or officers upon request to view such 
old houses & to determine whether they are in a condition fit 
to be occupied as Dwelling Houses; and if not to order the 



6gS NEW HAMPSHIRE 

repair thereof at the expense of the Proprietor (so far as shall 
be necessary for the common safety) or to remove the occu- 
pants of such houses, or to take such other measures as this 
Hon b!e Court shall in their great wisdom & goodness think 
proper in a case of such Importance ; for which your Remon- 
strants, as in duty bound (in behalf of their Principals) will 
ever pray &c. 

Wm Parker 

Sam 1 Bruster 

Wm Bennet 

Tho s Wibird 

D. Peirck 



Selectmen 



In the House of Representatives, Feb? the 14 th 1739—40. 

The within Mem" read, and Voted, That Mr. Hunking Wentworth 
& Capt. Edw 1 Hall be a Comittee of this House to joyne with such as 
the Hon :> ' e Council shall appoint to draw up an act relating to the ad- 
mition of Town Inhabitants; and appointing Committees (or officers) 
relating to old defective Houses & Chimneys; and for regulating the 
poor, and putting out such children apprentices as are likely to become 
chargeable to any town or precinct, or whose parents do not take due 
care of them. 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass m 
In Council Feb? 19, 1739-40. 

Read and Concurred, and Joshua Peirce & Theo' : Atkinson Esq r ap- 
pointed to joyn in the service above. 

Rich d Waldron, See 7 . 

Same day assented to, 

J. Belcher. 



Answer to a Petit io?i relating to the choice of James 
Clarhson, Esq., as representative. 
To the Hoir''" the House of Representatives for the Province 
of New Hampshire, met in General Assembly, Dec r 31 st 

I 745- 

The Answer of the Selectmen of the Town of Portsmouth 
in said Province, to the Petition of sundry persons respecting 
the late choice of James Clarkson Esq r to be one of the Rep- 
resentatives of said Town in General Assembly : — 

May it please this Hori A * House — As it was the order of 
the House that we should be served with a copy of the Peti- 
tion afores' 1 we presume 'twas with Design to hear what we 
had to say in answer to it, tho' not express'd in the order, & 
therefore beg leave to answer the said petition in the following 
method, viz : First, to represent the case as we apprehend 
the truth of the facts to be, Sl then to shew why the prayer of 






TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. 699 

this petition ought not to be granted, for which we pray the 
patience, attention, & impartial consideration of this Hon bl 
House. 

The case was thus : — Pursuant to a precept to us, Wee gave 
notice to the voters in the usual manner of the time, place & 
occasion of holding a meeting, which was duly attended ; a 
moderator chosen & then the votes in writing bro't in for a 
Representative, which were fairly put into a Box standing be- 
fore the moderator & clerk, by the voters passing by man by 
man. When all were bro't in, the votes were turned out on a 
table & counted by the moderator & Clerk. It appeared there 
were only two candidates, viz. James Clarkson & Joshua 
Peirce Esq rs In conducting the whole affair thus far, there was 
not the least appearance of any disorder or unfair practice. 
When the counting of the votes was finished & the number of 
votes for each candidate was known to some, tho' not declared 
by the Moderator, some of the voters on the side of the Low- 
est number being disappointed in their expectation, declared 
their Dissatisfaction, that there was some mistake, & there- 
upon a Poll was demanded. Here we must observe, all was 
quiet & still, not the least Dissatisfaction expressed till it was 
plain how the vote was, & indeed the disparity left no room 
for doubting, for one of the gentlemen had 114, the other but 
81 votes. When the Poll was demanded, the Moderator had 
recourse to the Law, which gives it. Upon which every person 
present had free liberty of reasoning & constructing as hetho'tfit, 
& after much reasoning and consultation upon it, the Modera- 
tor declared his opinion. That he apprehended the Demand- 
ants had no right to a Poll upon the Law & Circumstances of 
the case & therefore denied, for which he gave his reasons 
with the denial. This is a brief but true State of the case as 
we apprehend; and whether this or that made by the Petition- 
ers is Right, will best be discovered upon the evidence. 

We come now to the prayer of the Petition, & say it ought 
not to be granted for the following reasons : First — Because 
it has neither Law nor Reason to support it ; and therefore in 
the next place, the granting of it would be an infringement 
upon the legal Rights of the voters & deprive them of their 
just Liberties & Privileges ; And Lastly, It would be an act 
of Injustice — all which maybe easily evinced to the satisfaction 
of every unprejudiced Judgment. 

To the first of these — that the prayer of this petition has 
neither Law nor Reason to support it: — This is a direct nega- 
tion of what the Petitioners say, and may be made out very 
clearly as we conceive by considering of the only Law they 
can be supposed to refer to, which is an Act entitled, 4v An 
Act for the better regulating Town <£ Proprietary meet- 



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?fOO 'NEW HAMPSHIRE 

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zngs, of the Province Laws": By which this controversy 
ought to be determined ; and if this Law is not with the Peti- 
tioners, they have none of their Side in this case. In order 
to know this, every reasonable man will think it necessary to 
find oiit the true Intent 8c. meaning of this act ; for it is a 
-maxim, — an indisputable Rule — in such cases, That the 
meaning i£ intention of the JLazv, is the La~jv itself ' ; and to 
find out that it is a certain & undisputable rule among those 
whose business lays this way & who are thoroughly versed in 
; the Interpretation of Acts & Laws, That the Preamble of an 
Act is always first to be consulted ; as it is declarative of the 
reasons of making of it, & the mischief designed to be reme- 
dyed or prevented by it, & therefore is compared to a Lanthorn 
hanging in an Entry of an House by which we discover the 
rightway in. Now the Preamble of this Act says, By rcaso?i 
of the Disorderly carriage of sonic persons in such 
^meetings the Business thereof is much retarded <& obstruct- 
ed : for preventing whereof it is enacted that a moderator 
shall be chosen to govern & regulate the Business of the 
meeting ; and, zvhcn it shall happen that a?iy matters remain 
doubtfull after a vote, the Moderator is directed to Decide 
'it by the Polly if seven or ?nore desire it : This is all that 
relates to this affair in the whole Act. Now this being the 
first paragraph in the Act it must in reason be supposed the 
Preamble contains a special reference to the things mentioned 
•in this Paragraph ; for to suppose a preamble to an Act which 
has no reference to any thing thereby enacted, and to suppose 
it has none to the first & principal paragraph, is equally ab- 
surd : And therefore we can't but think that by the disorderly 
carriage mentioned in the Preamble was intended such as ren- 
dered the vote when passed Doubtfull & uncertain, for the 
removing of which a Poll might be had ; — and if this be just 
reasoning, the consequence is, When there is no disorderly 
carriage or none detected, no disturbance or interruption given 
to the affairs of the meeting ; when there is no apparent cause 
of doubt nor Rational cause of suspicion, no Poll was to be 
granted. But to come to the enacting clause : To find out 
any meaning we ought always to consider the mark he aims 
at, the main point he has in view. This is also given As a 
Rule to find out the mind of the Legislature & to apply it in 
the case before us : — What was the point the Legislators had 
in view in forming this clause? It is plain if we take their 
words in the same sense which other people use them, it was 
to take away all cause of Doubt how a vote was carried ; & 
the restraining Disorders was with a special view to that, as 
they give Occasion of Doubting; for the words are, & when 
it shall happen thai any Matters reinain Doubtjid after 



TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. 7OI 



a t vote, then a Poll is to be had &c. The words are express 
in case of Doubt : Do they mean also that there shall be a 
Poll where there is no doubt? when the thing is already as. 
plain as it can be by polling : Surely this Law did not design' 
every thing should be Determined by the Poll, if that had- 
been intended it would have said so. But as the Petitioners 
would have it. it must be in all cases if required, for the 
thing is always either plain or doubtfull ; the Legislators men- 
tion & limit the Remedy to a particular case only : But this 
wav. of interpreting supposes they intended something directly 
contrary to the import of their expressions, and the design 
they had in view, that is, to comprehend all cases. By such 
a method any law may be made to mean any thing its inter- 
preters would have it mean ; — and the consequence of con- 
struing this Act in this manner, is to make Polling necessary. 
in all cases at every Town or Parish meeting, where there are 
seven persons against the vote, which is an inconveniency- 
which the Petitioners are not well aware of, & is greater than 
any man would readily imagine : — for by the juggle & con- 
trivance which designing & disaffected persons might then 
practice, this very scheme for making things certain would be 
a means of destroying itself, embarrassing all such affairs & 
introduce occasions of perpetual jangle & controversy. But 
we take the truth of the case here really to be this : This law 
was designed to reduce the usual method of voting by lifting 
up the hand, to a more certain method of decision when there 
should be occasion, viz. by Polling & was never designed to 
be used where the voting is by Ballot or writing, which is a 
Modern way not used among us when this law was made & is . 
much more certain than polling ; and to correct that by this 
would be like correcting a man's countenance by his picture, 
or to make an original peice more certain by a copy, — that is, 
in plain English, to amend the better by the worse. 

We humbly conceive it will not be said, or if said will not 
be regarded, that this law was intended to satisfy everybody's 
doubts who should pretend to them, trio' they could shew no 
Rational grounds for them, or because they may suggest a pos- 
sibility of deception without pointing out any thing in partic- 
ular ; these are such wild and loose objections as deserve no 
reply ; for by the same way any thing may be made doubtfull, 
& to argue from possibility to reality, deserves no attention ; — 
those who do it claim pity, but no answer.. As to the reason 
of the thing or the nature of such affairs, we can't think reason 
would ever have directed to the tryal of voting by writing, by 
Polling the voters. We have the more reason to think so 
because we don't find that among other people no less reason- 
able than ourselves when they determine matters by written 



702 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

votes, they have not lit upon this happy method of polling to 
try the other by in case of dispute ; At this day the Jurys at- 
tending the Courts in Westminster Hall are elected by Ballot, 
but no Polling in case of Dispute. If they cant tell what is 
done, the way is to do it over again until they can ; so in choos- 
ing of Parliament Men, the regulation of corporation affairs, 
&c. which is done by Voting but no Polling : & to come nearer 
home in the neighbouring Govern** Jurys, Registers, Repre- 
sentatives, &c. are chosen by ballot, but there is nothing of the 
way we are speaking of in doubtfull cases. Now if Reason 
or the nature of the thing directed to this way, it is strange that 
other peoples Reason had not lead them into it ; but as we 
don't find it has, we conclude it is not a dictate of Reason but 
an instituted method introduced & subsisted by the Provincial 
Law. Reason would have directed to several methods more 
certain than Polling, as writing down the voters names, setting 
their names to their votes &c. And if this be so, & that Law 
does not reach the case of the meeting now under considera- 
tion, then it necessarily follows, that to grant this Petition 
would be an infringement upon the Legal Rights of the voters 
& deprive them of their just Libertys and priviledges in this 
affair. This is so plain & so necessarily follows, that little 
need be said to it ; for if the Law don't teach nor Reason oblige 
to it, then to vacate what the people have legally done is an in- 
fringement upon those Rights by which it was done, to deny 
them of the man that was chosen to represent them is depriv- 
ing them of their Liberty in that respect, which is to choose 
for themselves, & taking away a valuable privilege of keeping 
the man they have once chosen ; & hence it follows that it 
would be an Act of Injustice ; these things which would be 
thus broke in upon & taken from the people, are of more con- 
sequence really to them than a part of their substance. It has cost 
Englishmen dear every body knows to purchase & maintain 
these & such like privilidges, & therefore to deny the free ex- 
ercise of them, which is a Denial in effect, is the highest In- 
justice. It is no answer to say the people have a new choice ; 
for besides the loss of time spent in this case, when a new 
choice is made may not that be set aside in the same manner 
& so on till they choose, not according to their own inclina- 
tion, but the man they might be directed to. This would be 
like sending out a Jury till they find such a verdict as the court 
likes. Upon the whole we humbly conceive, to grant the 
prayer of this Petition signed by twelve persons only out of 
eighty-one, & one of those not an inhabitant of the town, to set 
aside an Election honestly, fairly & Legally made, upon such 
grounds, because a motion was denyed that was made out of 
season, after those who made it saw the affair was determined 



I 



TOWN PAPERS — PORTSMOUTH. 703 

contrary to their desire and which was made not from any 
cause of doubt but only dissatisfaction, & which they would 
never "have made, had every thing but done just as it was, 
only the vote been as they would have had it ; Nay, but would 
rather have cryed out upon it as unjust, illegal & absurd, should 
such a motion have been made ; We say to make void this 
election under all these circumstances, we apprehend would 
have a very extraordinary effect & is what the wisdom & jus- 
tice of this Hon We House will not suffer us to fear." 

Sam 1 Hart } 

Natk 1 Mendum [ Selectmen 
Mark Langdon 
Portsm 5 Dec r 31, 1745 : 



Deed from Theodore Atkinson and Others of their Rights 
in certai?i Toivnships &c. 

To all People, to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting: 

Know ye, That we, Theodore Atkinson. Richard Wibird, John Mof- 
fat, Mark Hunking Wentworth, Samuel Moore. Jotham Odiorne jun., 
Joshua Pierce, Nathaniel Meserve, George Jeffry, Jun., and John Went- 
worth, jun., all of Portsm" in y~ Province of New Hampshire in New 
England, & Thomas Wallingford of 'Somersworth & Thomas Packer of 
Greenland, both of s d Province aforesaid. Diverse good causes & con- 
siderations us hereunto moveing, have remised, Released & Quitclaimed 
& by these Presents for ourselves each and every of us & all Si each Si 
every of our heirs, Executors & Administrators Respectively, Do Re- 
mise, Release & forever Quit claim unto y ' Inhabitants Si proprietors of 
y« severrall Towns, Precincts, Parishes, Villages & Districts hereafter 
named, lying Si being within y e Province aforesaid, viz. Portsmouth, 
Dover, Exeter, Hampton; Gosport, Kingstown, Derty, Chester, Not- 
tingham, Barrington, Rochester, Canterbury, Bow, Chicester, Epsom, 
Barn stead, with all & every of y* Districts, Parishes, Precints Si vil- 
lages within y* s 3 Tounships, any & every of them, Si to their success- 
ors, Heirs be Assigns forever Respectively in their seisin and Posses- 
sion now being as the s 1 Townships, Parishes, Districts, Precincts & 
Villages are limited, bounded & described by y Acts, orders, customs 
& usages of y s ,; Province, with all Si singular y* Estate, right, title, 
Inheritance, claim & demand of us &each & every of u= of in Si unto y» 
same & every part thereof to us in any manner belonging, Either to 
Houses, Lands, Rivers, woods, mines, minerals & appurtenances What- 
soever, Excepting & Reserving to ourselves Si such of us & each of us 
our Respective Heirs & assigns, all & each of our several & Respective 
rights, Titles, Inheritance & Possession which we heretofore had in 
common or in severalty as Inhabitants or proprietors of houses Si Lands 
within any of the Towns, Precincts, Parishes, Districts & Villages 
afore s 1 in the same manner as tho' the above Release had never been 
made : To have & To hold, the above Remised Si Released Prem- 
ises with all y e Privilidges Si appurtenances to y e same in any manner 
belonging, to them, y* said Inhabitants Si proprietors, their "several Sc 
respective successors, Heirs & assigns for ever, according to their sev- 

• See Proceedings of the House on this case in Prov. Pap. Vol. V. pp. 334, 395 
402, 409. Ed. 



7P4; NEW HAMPSHIRE 

eral & respective Tenures, Grants, Priviledges& possessions, excepting; 
as before excepted. 

In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals y e Thirty 
first day of July, Anno Domini, 1746, in y° twentieth year of y e reign of 
King George y e Second' &c. 

Sign'd, Seal'd and delivered, after the words (of us & each & every. of 
us) were interlin'd. 

In Presence of us, executed by all except Tho' Packer Esq. before 

Joshua Gilman 
Noah Emery. 
Sign'd, Seal'd and deliver'd by Thomas Packer, Esq 1- in presence of 

Richard Hart 







Noah Emery. 


Theo' Atkinson 


(S) 


Josh^ Peirce (S) 


R. Wibird 


(S) 


Nath 1 Meserve (S) 
Geo. Jeffrey, Jun. (S) > 


John Moffat 


(S) 


Mark H'g Wentworth 


(S) 


John Wentworth, jun (S) 


Sam' Moore 


(S) 


Thomas Wallingford (S) 


J. Odiorne, Jun. 


(S) 


Tho 3 Packer, (S) 



Prov. of ) Portsm July 31 st 1746. Then Theodore Atkinson, 
New Hampr j Richard Wibird, John Moffatt, Mark Hunking Went- 
worth, Jotham Odiorne jun., Joshua Peirce, Nath' Me- 
serve, Geo. JafFrey, Jun. John Wentworth, Jun. 6z Thomas Wallingford, . 
above named acknowledged the foregoing Instrument to be their free 
act & Deed before me 

Pierse Long, Just. Peace 
Prov. of New Hamp r 

Portsm' August 23, 1746. Then personally appeared Sam 1 Moore 8c 
Thos. Packer Esqr^ & acknowledged the above Instrument to be their* 
free Act & Deed. 

Before Pierse Long, Jus. Peace 
Prov.- of New Hamp r 
A true Copy from Lib. 31, Fol. 175, Exam'd this 30 th June 1756. 

D. Peirce, Rec * 1 



Petition of Portsmouth Selectmen about a Pest-house. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Capt. General; 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire, the Hon bl his Majesty's Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives for said Province, in Gen- 
eral Assembly convened the 23 d day of Feby. 1747. 
The Humble Petition of the Selectmen of Portsmouth in. 
said Province for the current year, shews : 

That your Petitioners in the summer past have had the Build- 
ing of a Public Pest House under consideration and had nVed 
upon a certain Island near the Pool commonly called Antho- 
ny's Island as the most convenient place near to which Vessels, 
might conveniently perform Quarantine, & Persons sick with, 
any infectious Distemper might be safely kept both with re- 
spect to themsjlves & others. 



TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. 705 

- 

That the property of the said Island could not be purchased 
but at more than double the real value, as your Petition™ con- 
ceive, advantage being taken of the supposed necessity of the 
case, whereby the grant of the sum made by the General As- 
sembly would have been expended (or near it) only for the 
land : That the necessity of such an house grows greater every 
year, & the charge of purchasing a proper place & building 
suitable places for the reception of the sick & those whom it 
may be necessary to remove, will be considerably more than it 
appear'd to be when the said grant was made ; and as such 
places are for the Benefit of the whole Province, Your Peti- 
tioners pray that a further grant may be made for that purpose ; 
That (as the owners of the Laud which may be fixed upon, will 
probably raise their demands upon the occasion) three or more 
indifferent suitable persons may be appointed to value and ap- 
praise the said Island, or other place that may be chosen, un- 
der Oath, & to make Return to some Magistrate or Judicatory, 
who shall administer Oath, & that the owner or owners 
thereof may be obliged to take the sum so stated, and the ap- 
praisers ordered to make Return describing the Place so ap- 
praised & that being recorded in the Province Records with 
the Oaths of the appraisers, may vest the fee oi' the Land so 
appraised & described in the Province, & Divest the owners 
thereof, (without the formality of Executing a Deed or Deeds, 
which may be attended with difficulty ;) and your Petitioners 
as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

Sam 1 Hart ~) 

Nath : Mendum [• Selectmen 
Mark Langdox ) 
In Council, March the 8 th 1747. 

Read & voted, That a Committee of both Houses be Irnediately ap- 
pointed to take under consideration the subjects matter of the within 
petition & report thereon as soon as may be. 
Theodore Atkinson. Secy. 
Ordered to be sent down for concurrence. 



Answer to a Petition of Clement March for annexing cer- 
tain lands to Greenland. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Capt. General, 
Govern 1 " & Commander in chief in & over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire, the Hon" his Majesty's Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives in General Assembly con- 
vened. May io th 174s. 
The Answer of the Town of Portsmouth to the Petition of 

Clement March of Greenland in said Province, Esq r praying 

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7°6 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

to have certain Lands purchased by him, lying in said Ports- 
mouth, annexed to Greenland aforesaid : 

First, There is no reason for diminishing the Rateable Estate of 
said Town & lessening the Extent thereof, to enlarge the Par- 
ish of Greenland, but quite contrary, for the Annual charge* 
of said Town for Schools, Poor &c. is more than Double in 
proportion to the Polls Sc Estates, than the annual charge of 
Greenland. 

2 ly . The Reason given by the Petitioners for Annexing the 
Lands mentioned, to Greenland, is, that they lye contiguous to 
his other Lands which are in Greenland, & so most convenient 
for him to have it so ; But why most convenient? There is no 
Reason but only the Rates in Greenland are not so high as in 
Portsmouth, for as to any other advantage it is not conceiva- 
ble : the situation of the Land & all other circumstances will 
be just the same, whether they belong to Greenland or Ports- 
mouth, excepting the article of Rates; and if that is the mo- 
tive to ask this favour, that alone shows it ought not to be 
granted ; because it shows that Portsm' 1 has greater charges in 
proportion than Greenland, & therefore more need of Rateable 
Estate. Besides, what is there in the Petitioner's case that is 
peculiar, & will not be every man's case who shall ever pur- 
chase Lands in the Town if he lives near or upon the line in 
another Town or Parish all around ; or indeed, which will not 
happen in any other Town thro' the Province. For, may not 
every purchaser under like circumstances, ask the same favour 
to have his lands annexed that place which pays the lowest 
Taxes ; and where will this end? There is one Dearborn who 
owns Lands in Greenland, Stratham & Hampton, which lye 
contiguous, as the Petitioner's does: May not he with equal 
R.eason come & pray that all his lands may be annexed to that 
place he likes best, & will there not be the same conveniency 
to him as in the case of the present Petitioner? and so of many 
others. It is a rule to be observed with respect to Petitioners, 
that when any thing is asked which makes way for every per- 
son, or an indefinite Number to ask the like, — when the thing 
ask'd is a mere matter of favour, and no principle of justice or 
equity to enforce it, — There, in such cases it ought not to be 
granted. The present Petition is rather against Justice & 
Equity ; it amounts really to no more than this : that the Peti- 
tioner may hereafter be exempted from paying half or some 
part of the Taxes which the Law imposes on him ; and there 
are many others ready to ask the like favour ; and then some 
others must pay the more : and can it be said to be just and 
right to grant a favour to one to the prejudice & Injury of 
another? Wherefore as the Town of Portsmouth is a Sea 
Port continually exposed to strangers & many extraordi- 



TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. 7°7 

nary charges, the extent ought by no means to be lessened ; 

and as several others are in like case of the petitioner who will 

in all probability follow his example in case he succeeds, 

whereby the charges of said. Town will fall so much the heavier 

on those who remain, 'tis humbly hoped you will see cause to 

deny the prayer of this Petition. 

, t- , ) in behalf of the 

# Sam 1 Hart, > 



Selectmen. 
r [ agent for 

Wm - Parker K'Tovm. 



V. 



Petition for a Lottery to fave the streets in Portsmouth. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 

Commander-in-chief in & over his Majesty's Province of 

New Hampshire, the Hon' e his Majesty's Councill & House 

of Representatives for said Province in General Assembly 

conven'd, the i6' A day of Octob r 1759. 

The Humble Petition of sundry of the Inhabitants of Ports- 
mouth in said Province Shews : — 

That your Petitioners apprehend it to be very necessary that 
the principal Streets in said Town (which are now much us'd 
& are narrow) shou'd be Pav'd, especially where the Public 
Business occasions the greatest concourse of People : That 
this wou'd be a work of very considerable expence, and con- 
sidering the annual charges of the town for support of the 
Poor (which by the situation it is often oblig'd to receive) more 
than any other Town in the Province, with other incidental 
charges, the Inhabitants cou'd not well sustain a Tax for this 
purpose at Present ; — 

That works of this & the like nature are annually carried 
into execution in other Places by Public Lotteries, and much 
money from this as well as other places in the Province is by 
the adventures of Particular persons carried away & made con- 
tributory to the Designs of those Lotteries ; 

Your Petitioners therefore think it may be prudent to take 
advantage of this disposition of the People & Direct it. to some 
Public use & General service among ourselves. 

Wherefore, they Humbly Pray that they may have leave to 
set up a Public Lottery to raise a sum of money for paving the 
Streets aforesaid, to be under the Regulation & management of 
Persons to be stated & appointed in a Bill for that end, and that 
they may have leave to bring it in accordingly ; and your Peti- 
tioners as in duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 
H. Wentworth John Moffat 

D. Peirce John Sherburne 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



John Newmarch 
Daniel Kosrets 
Charles Trea-dweli 
Jacob Treadwell 
John Penh How 
Saml Penhallow 
Saml Sherburne 
Clemt Jackson 
Saral Wentworth 
John Griffeth 
Richard Champney 
John Gardner 
John Grant 
John Beck 
George Boyd 
Danl Jackson 
Sam Griil'eth 
N'athl Mendum 
W. Clagett 
James Stoodley 
Benjamin Welch 
Tho: Wibird 
Joshua Brackett 
Joseph Allcock 
Willi im Pearson 
Henry Rust 
Charles Banfill 
Solomon Loud 
Gregory Pursed 
Geo : Jaffrey 
WilL Temple 
Jno. Nelson 
Danl Fowle 
Nathl Treadwell, jun. 



Jotham Rindge 

S. Livermore 

Nathl Adams 

Nadd Peirce 

John Wentworth 

Damaris Wheelwright 

Jonathan Warner 

George Libbe 

Danl Rindge 

George Meserve 

Saml Hart 

Benja Mackay 

Thomas Parker 

Sand Frost 

Jno. Parker 

Joseph Buss 

John Cutt 

Humpy F urn ell 

Thus Hart 

Charles [Tight 

Hy A p thorp 

Peter Man 

Thos Landed 

John Hart 

Saml Cutt 

E.Russell, jr 

James Dwyer 

John Wendell 

Theo. Atkinson, jun 

John Ley 

William Parker, &c. &c. Ac 

Thos Packer 

Matthew Livermore 



In Council Octavo' 1 1759. 

Read & Concurr'd & sent down to the Hon 15 ' Assembly. 
Theodore Atkinson, See'' 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives, Oct r 31, 1759. 



New Hamp" 



This Petition being read. 



Voted, That the Prayer thereof be granted & that the 
have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

A. Clarkson 
In Council. Eod. die, read & concurr'd 

Theodore Atkinson, Sec- V . 



Petitioners 
Clerk. 



Petition of Portsmouth against a Bridge at New Castle. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq r Governor & 
Commander in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire, the Hon 1 ' his Majesty's Council & House 
of Representatives for said Province, in General Assembly 
convened, the 15 " Day of Feb v 1760. 
The humble Petition of the Selectmen & agents of the 

Town of Portsmouth, shews: — 



TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. 709 

That your Petitioners have been informed that there is now 
lying before the Assembly a Bill for granting liberty to the 
Town of New Castle to set up a Lottery to raise money for 
building a Bridge a cross that Branch of Piscataqua River 
call'd Little Harbour, which your Petitioners apprehend if it 
should be effected will greatly Prejudice the said Town of 
Portsmouth, especially if done in the manner we are inform'd 
is design'd & begun ; and as your Petitioners have been so 
lately inform'd of the said Bill they have not time to Reduce 
the Objections to be made to writing, and especially as there 
was no Public notice nor Liberty given for that purpose, they 
could not be prepared therewith, they humbly pray that they 
may in behalf of said Town be heard, to shew cause why the 
said Bridge shou'd not be built, especially in the unlimited 
manner proposed ; — and they shall as in duty bound Pray &c. 

Sam ; Penhallow 
A. Clarkson 
William Knight 
John Sherburne 
John Griffeth. 



Memorial for a bounty on fishy wheat \ hemp* &c. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq r Governor and 
commander-in-chief, in & over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire, the Hon lc his Majesty's Council & House 
of Representatives in General Assembly convened, June 6 r!l 
1763. 

The Memorial of Sundry Inhabitants of Portsmouth and 
pther places in said Province shews : — 

That as the Business of taking, curing & carrying on the 
Fishery in this Province wou'd be of great advantage to the 
Province in general, and especially to the landed Interest, per- 
haps nothing cou'd sooner & more sensibly encourage & Pro- 
mote that Business than the favour and regard of the Govern- 
ment, not only countenancing but granting a bounty on the 
same, in such manner & proportion as in their wisdom shall 
be judged convenient ; for as that Business has been in a great 
measure neglected for some time & preparing for it is attended 
with considerable expence, & the issue & event not certain, 
most People who heretofore were ingaged in it, will be back- 
ward to resume it on the bare prospect of the advantage aris- 
ing bv it : 

That it has been done in many instances by the wisdom of 
the British Parliament not only for introducing a new Branch 



7lO NEW HAMPSHIRE 

of Trade, or a new kind of Manufacture, but also for reviving 
& giving spirit to any thing of that Nature useful to the Public 
not wholly disus'd but much decay'd, as in particular on the 
Whale Fishery an additional Bounty of twenty shillings a Ton 
on the admeasurement of the ship, by Stat. 22 Geo. 2, was 
granted to the owners of the ships, on a preceding bounty of ' 
twenty shillings, before granted by the Stat, of 5 & 6 Geo. 2, 
&c. And many other instances might easily be given ; For it 
is now become a maxim from long experience, that the Gen- 
erality of the world must be counted to pursue their own In- 
terest ; And it is a well known Fact, how greatly the State of 
Ireland has been raised & improved within thirty years last 
past, by giving bountys & premiums to those who excelled in 
every kind of manufacture in use there, — which raised a spirit 
of emulation, in that way bro't arts & industry into credit & 
reputation & promoted the trade & wealth of the kingdom. 
The reason is so clear & strong in such cases that even in the 
New Province & settlement of Nova Scotia, the Government 
there has granted- a Bounty of twelve pence sterling per Quin- 
tal on all Cod fish cured there ; and in every Government en- 
couragements in this way have not been wanting ; That there 
is perhaps more necessity for such an encouragement in this 
Province, than in any other place that can be named, to raise 
something to ballance the large Importation annually made for 
some of the necessaries of life ; — it appearing by the Custom 
House Book, that between March 1 761 & June 1763, 1S0.S65 
Bushels of corn had been duly Entered imported here, besides 
adventures & small quantities not observed, by Coasters, &c. 
Add to this, the prodigious quantities of flower & great quanti- 
ties of other provisions, by which means all the silver & gold 
which used to be current here is gone, or at least the greatest 
part, and the Bills of credit now current Depreciated as they 
wou'd not purchase our daily Bread, for it is certain the more 
limited any currency is & the fewer demands it will answer, 
the more the value will sink. 

That a sufficient sum for the purpose aforesaid might be 
easily raised by an Excise on Spirituous Liquors, more es- 
pecially on that enormous Quantity of rum imported, which 
by the entries aforesaid, it appears that more than three - 
thousand eight hundred & twenty hogs heads have been in lit- 
tle more than two years, besides smaller parcels, tho't too in- 
considerable to be entered, private adventures, — and many 
hogsheads annually of New England rum, carried up Merri- 
mack & consumed in this Province ; and it is well known to 
every one, that almost all the Profit of this trade is made by 
the Importation and consumption here ; and how prejudicial 
to the substance, morals and health of the People such a large 



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TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH. 



7 II 



•consumption of spirit is, no one can readily conceive ; and 
therefore it seems as necessary to prevent or lessen this grow- 
ing mischief, as it was in time of war to Defend the people 
-against the common Enemy, by whom perhaps fewer lives 
were annually destroyed ; 

That wheat, Hemp, Flax & other kinds of the Produce of 
the Field, wou'd doubtless be soon raised and bro't to such a 
degree of perfection, as would at least lessen our Importations 
& bring our Trade nearer to a ballance, if not turn it in our 
favour, if the Husbandman was suitably encouraged and some 
method taken to introduce a more profitable way of cultiva- 
tion and Agriculture, than has yet been practised here, the 
Public wou'd soon find the advantage ; And from the experi- 
ence of others, we learn that nothing will prove more effectual 
to advance & promote such like improvements than Bounties 
-and premiums given at first till those concerned find their ac- 
count & encouragement from the Profit of the Business. 

Wherefore your memorialists Pray you wou'd take the 
Premises under consideration and do therein as in your wisdom 
-& goodness you shall upon the whole Judge will be best for 
the public advantage & emolument — and we shall ever pray, 
<&c. 



John Sherburne 
Will :u Torrey 
Wm. Parker 
D. Peirce 
Geo. Meserve 
Daniel Rogers 
Benj 3 Odiorne 
John Moffat 
Thomas Packer, jun. 
J. Wentworth 
Dan ; Rindge 
Wm. Whipple 
Thos. Martin 
Hugh Hall Wentworth 
Jonathan Warner 
George Bovd 
Geo. Jari'rev 
Wyseman Clagett 
Joss. Frost 
Hubartus Neal 



A. R. Cutter 
Tho< Parker 
Tho' Parsons 
John Wentworth 
Tho' Wibird 
Nul Lamont 
Jn° Parker 
Mark Hunking 
Ichabod Clark 
Philip Hooker 
Samuel Moffat 
James McDonough 
Tho< Tash 
Peter Pearse 
Jona. Lovewell 
John Penhallow 
Nath' Adams 
John Clark 
Tim. Pope 
Paul March 



In Council, June 8 th 1763. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon Me Assembly. 
T. Atkinson, Secy. 

Province of ) T . 

New Hamp /-J une io ^ *7 6 3- 

The Committee appointed to consider the subject matter of the fore- 
going Petition, beg leave to Report as follows, viz. That when the 
Excise Act Pass*d by this House and Now before the Council shall be 
pass'd by the Hon- i8 Council and Assented to by his Excellency We 



' 



7*2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

think it adviseable that then a Bounty be given on fish, hemp, flax & 
wheat, to be paid out of the money Rats'd by s d Excise. 

Meshech Weare, on behalf of the Com l8e 

This Report Entered June 15, 1763, & the House was prorogued 
the same day. 

[Note. The MS. Papers which next follow, relate to an attempt 
to establish a Play House in Portsmouth, in June, 1762; — all which 
are printed in full, in Prov. Pip. Vol. VI. pp. 831-835, to which read- 
ers are referred. Ed.] 



I 

Petition of the Sclect?nen, c£c, of Portsmouth* to hold Town 

meetings in the State House. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq r Governor and 
commander in chief, in and over his Majesty's Province 
of New Hampshire. The Hon his Majesty" Council & 
House of Representatives for said Province in General As- 
sembly convened, Decern 1 " 15 th 1763. 

The humble Petition of the Select men of Portsmouth in 
said Province & the Wardens of the tfrst Parish in said Town, 
shews : 

That it has been the usual practice to hold the meetings of 
said Town in the meeting House in said Parish, which has 
been long complained of by many in the Parish, not only as 
injurious to the property of particular Persons, by breaking- 
down the seats, dirtingthe Pews and benches, & carrying away 
cushions & other injuries, but as a very indecent thing to make 
an house appropriated & consecrated to the worship of God, 
the scene for public civil affairs, where the warmest Disputes 
& Contentions often happen ; and woul'd be so estimated by 
serious Persons of any Religion whatsoever; But especially 
since a very Large & commodious addition at a great expence 
of the Parish, has been lately made, the article of Injury is 
more evident & more frequent; and as the number of parish- 
ioners increase the complaint of indecency and Impropriety in- 
creases ; Wherefore your Petitioners humbly pray, that leave 
may be granted by a Resolve, that the said meetings of the 
Town of Portsmouth for the Purpose aforesaid, may be held 
in the State House, from time to time, and any damage occa- 
sioned thereby shall be repaired or nnade good by the Town — 
and your petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 

H. Wentworth ) J°' HN Langdon | . 

Chanlee Treadwell I J° HN £ ENNET I belect - 

Wardens. ) g*» Fenhalxow f men. 

J VV siLi am Knight 1 



TOWN PAPERS PORTSMOUTH 713 

Another Petition o?i the same matter. 
Province of 1 To his Excellency Penning Wentworth, 
New Hampshire ) Esq' Capt. General, Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
ty's aforesaid Province of New Hampshire, The Hon-' 1 his 
Majesty's Council for said Province, & Hon b: House of 
Representatives in General Assembly convened, April n th 
1764. 

The humble Petition of the Select men of Portsmouth in 
the Province aforesaid, whose Names are hereunto subscribed, 
Sheiveth — 

That the annual and other Town meetings for the said Town 
of Portsmouth have (for many years last past) been held in 
the North Meeting house there, which hath given offence to 
man}' of the Parishioners, who by means thereof have had 
their Pews dirtied and spoiled and who are also of opinion 
that the said Meeting house ought to be wholly set apart for 
the worship of Almighty God ; and this hath lately produced 
no small contention : 

That with a view to quiet the said contention and prevent 
any future offence. It was at the last annual meeting for the 
aaid Town, Voted, as follows, viz. 

M That the Selectmen be desired to Petition the General 
i4 Court at their next session for leave to hold their Town 
♦ l meetings in the State House. And if the Prayer of their 
41 Petition be granted, that the said selectmen be and are here- 
44 by desired, to appoint their next Town meeting (the next 
44 annual meeting included) to beheld in said State House; 
M And if they cannot obtain leave of the general Court as 
♦* aforesaid, Then to meet at the North meeting House as 
44 usual." 

Which vote occasions this application to your Excellency 
and Honours; And your Petitioners to Pray that for the rea- 
sons aforesaid, the Selectmen of the said Town of Ports- 
mouth for the time being may have leave, and be legally 
authorized by the General Court to hold their future Town 
meetings in the State House. 

John Langdon 
A. Clarkson 
John De.wvet 
Sam ! Penhallow 
William Knight. 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives, May 8 lb 1764. 
New Hamp r j This Petition being read 

Voted, That the prayer of the within Petition be granted in the fol- 
lowing manner ; Viz. "That the Town of Portsmouth have liberty of 



714 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

holding their Town meetings for the future, in the lower room of the 
State House, provided the Town at their own Expense will finish in a 
decent and hansorrte manner the Roo.n upon the lower floor of the 
State house finding all the materials for plastering, ceiling and what- 
ever is necessary that the same may be finished in a workmanlike man- 
ner, and cause the same to be so finished in a Reasonable time. 

A. Clarkson, Clerk. 



Portsmouth. Petition in regard to certain election returns. 

Province of ) To the Honourable House of Representa- 
New Hampshire j tives for said Province in General As- 
sembly conven'd ; — May 4 th 1775. 

The humble petition of the subscribers, freeholders in Ports- " 
rnobth, in s 1 Province, S/iezveth : — 

That before the last election of Representatives for this 
Province, Writs issued to several new Towns in said Prov- 
ince, which had not heretofore sent Representatives, to choose 
persons to represent them in General Assembly ; — in -conse- 
quence of which Writs, these towns did elect Representatives ; 
And as there is no Legal Authority vested in any seperate 
Branch or Branches of the Legislature of this government to 
issue such writs, we apprehend the exercise of such authority, 
therefore, not only unwarranted by the British Constitution & 
the Laws of this Province, but in its consequences subversive m 
of both, and pregnant with many alarming evils (1). 

Wherefore we being deeply sensible of the great importance 
of preventing so unconstitutional a procedure, most humbly 
pray that the honourable House may take into their wise and 
immediate consideration, whether the persons so chosen, are 
entitled to a seat there. 

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray, &c. 

H. Wentworth Caleb Currier 

Danl. Peirrc Xah. Ward 

John New march Richd Sailor 

Thos Hart Edmund Coffin 

David Griffith John Marshall 

George Gains James Clarkson 

George Hart William Fumell 

Elisha Hill Sand Dalling 

Mark Seavey Saml Hale, jun 

Jeremiah Libbcy Jno Furnald 

Wm. Langdon Wm. Whipple 

Benjamin Slade Willm Pearny 

Temple Knight J. Brackets 

Benja Akerman EL. Sherburne 

Saml Beck John Grant 

H) See "Journals of the House," on the foregoing, in Prov. Pap. Vol. VII. pp. 
873, 37S, iSo-JS5. Ed. 



TOWN PAPERS — POWNALL, IN VERMONT. 



7^5 



Jos. Allcock 
William Cotton 
Peter Man 
Mark Nelson 
Benja Mackay 
Jacob Sheafe, juu 
Saml Bowles 
David Call 
John Gregory 
Thos Prince . 
Saml Jackson 
John Peirce 
Alexr Monson 
Giles Seaward 
E. Butler 



John Furbur 
Beaj. Patridge 
Reuben Snell 
Ephm Ham 
Geo. Turnar 
Peirse Long 
Joseph Bass 
Jaraes Grouard 
Robert Ham 
Joseph Akerman 
Saral Moses 
Theodore Moses 
Norsh Peirce 
Nathaniel T. Griffith 



POWNALL, in Vermont. 

Petition. 

Province of ) To his Excellency Benjamin Wintworth, 

New Hampshire } Capt. Generall and Commander in Chief 

in and over his Majesties Province of New 

Hampsher in Xewengland, and to the 

Hon 1 ' 1 his majesties Council in the Same. 

The Humbell petition of the Inhabitants of the township of 
Pownall, shezveth : That we your petitioners mete the sac- 
ond tusday of Jenerwarey Instant. In order to hold our An" 
Meting, to chues town officers and to do as derected by Char- 
tor ; But Esq r Samwell Robinson's reading our Charter at the 
opening of s : meting, he being Moderattor, we found we had 
maid A mistake throo Ignorance off the day ; therfore Durst 
not proceed to do the business of the day; so your humble pe- 
titioners pray, that this fault may be forgiven, and that for 
this present year your Excellency & Honours would be 
graciously plesed to appoint us the fortenth in febir or such 
a day as in your grate Wisdom and Goodness you shall see 
best, promising for the time to com to fully observe and walke 
by your Charter orders ; And your petitioners shall as in duty 
bound ever pray. Deated pownell the 18 th Jene r A. D. 1763. 

Witness, 

Isaac Vanarenem Silas Pratt 

John Vanarenem Noah Pratt 

JabuzWorran James Grover 

Robert Watson Elieser Mash 

Asa Alger Thomas Train. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Province of New Hampshire, Jarvy. 3 ; 1763. 

The within Petition read & considered, & the Prayer thereof granted 
& ordered that the second Tuesday in March be appointed the time for 
the Annual Town Meeting- for the within mentioned town of Pownal 
for the choice of Town officers &e. agreeable to the Laws of this Prov- 
ince, and that the Charter for said Town & the record thereof be ac- 
cordingly altered. 

Read &: concurred 

T. Atkinson, Jun. Secy 

Note. — There is an evident discrepancy in the abo/ve dates. Ed. 



PUTNEY, in Vermont. 



Petition Jor a Grant of Land. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq 1 ' Capt. Genera! 

and Governor in chief in and over his Majesties Province 

of New Hampshire &c. And to the Honorable his Majesties 

Council of s 1 Province: 

The Petition of Josiah Willani and others humbly shevveth ; 
That your Excellency's Petitioners are desirous of having his 
Majesties Grant of a Township of Land of y e contents of six 
miles square on y westerly side of Connecticut River, at a 
place called y Create Meadow adjoining to y e Township of 
Westminster at y e Northerly End of the Land called y 1 ' Equiv- 
alent Land in the Province of New Hampshire, as your Ex- 
cellency's Petitioners shall in duty bound ever pray. 

Josiah Willard. 



JFosiah Willard 
Moses Wright, jun. 
John Armea 
Kathan Willard 
Lois Butler 
John Peiree 
Joseph Ashley 
John Moor 
Wilder Willard 
Oliver Willard 
Thomas Whiting 
Daniel Adams 
Joseph Baker 
Timothy Baker 
Isaac White 
John White 
Benja White 
James Clem mens 



Thomas Hili 
Henry Hill 
James Hews 
James Hews, jun. 
Francis Bowls 
Isaac Bowls 
John Bowls 
James Tils ton 
John Newel 
Samuel Sparhawk 
Samuel Sparhawk, jun. 
Jeremiah Hall 
Samuel Hall 
William Sraeed 
Prenctice Willard 
Joseph Ashley (1) 
Thomas Chamberlain (1) 
Thomas Prentice 



(1) These two names have a X before them Ed. 



TOWN- PAPERS PUTNEY, IN VERMONT. Jl*) 

James Alen, jun Josiah Willard, jr. 

Jonathan H-immoml Robert Usher 

Elnath:m Blood John Usher 

Amasa Parker Jonathan Cum rating t» 

Ephrairn Adams Thomas Parker 

Uaac Powers Elias Alexander 

Robert Fletcher Richard Wibird 

Jonathan Hubbard Theodore Atkinson. 



RAYMOND. 



[Raymond, formerly belonging to the town of Chester, was incor- 
porated as a Parish, 9 May, 1764. Ed.] 



Anno Regni Regis Georgii Tertii Magna Brittanite, Franciae & Hiber- 
nise Quarto. 

An Act for Erecting- a New Parish within the Township of Chester 

i?i this Province : 
Whereas at a Town meeting held at Chester on the twenty-Sixth day of 
January 1763, it was granted & Voted that a part of said Township 
commonly caifd Free Town described in said Vote, might be incor- 
porated into a new Parish (as far as their consent was necessary) and 
it appearing to be convenient considering the situation of the Inhab- 
itants; 

Be it therefore Enacted, by the Governo" Council and Assembly, That 
there be and hereby is a new Parish constituted, Erected and Incorpo- 
rated there, by the following Bounds namely, Beginning at the North 
East corner of Chester upon the head line of Epping at a maple tree 
being a boundary between Chester and Nottingham, then runs south 
twenty nine degrees West, bounding partly on said Epping & partly on 
Brentwood, to the South Eabt corner of the Lot Numberd thirty in said 
Chester, as may appeare by Record^ of the Proprietors of Chester, then 
West North West so far as to contain all the old Hundred Acre Lots so 
called in said Township, then North twenty Nine Degrees East to 
the South Ea>t corner of Candia, then by & joining upon Candia to the 
Line of Nottingham upon that side & by that Line to the Maple Tree 
where it begins: and that the same Parish be called, Incorporated & 
Named the Parish of Raymond; And all the Polls and Estates within 
the limits aforesaid are hereby exonerated and Discharged of & from all 
Duties, Taxes & Assessments (excepting what is hereafter mentioned & 
excepted) in & to any other place or part of said Town and are hereby 
Invested & Enfranchised with all common Privileges which other Par- 
ishes have & legally hold, & likewise with all the Legal powers & author- 
ities of other Parishes in this Province, and may raise money for the 
necessary uses of the said Parish as any Town or Parish may Legally 
do, To have succession and continuance forever : And Samuel Emer- 
son Esq r of Chester, is hereby authorised to call the first meeting of 
said Inhabitants for the choice of the necessary Parish Officers and any 
other affairs they may judge proper at said meeting, giving due notice 



JlS NEW HAMPSHIRE 

of the time, place & Design of such meeting, in the usual & customary 
manner in said Town. 

Provided, & Excepting, that the Polls & Estates of & within said 
Parish shall continue to be taxed & assessed to the Province Rates as 
they have usually been until a new Proportion of said Rates shall be 
made among the several Towns & Parishes in this Province. 

New Ham^ I In the House of Representatives, May 4 rh 1764 

This Bill having been read three times, Voted, that it pass to be En- 
acted 

H. Sherburne, Speaker. 

In Council, May c/ h 1764. 

This Bill read a third tim & Past to be enacted. 
Theo. Atkinson jun. Secy. 

Consented to B. Wentworth. 



Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r 
New Hampshire j Captain Generall, Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
ty's Province of New Hampshire, to the Honourable his 
Majesty's Council and House of Representatives for said 
Province in General Assembly convened: 
The Humble Petition of the Subscribers, freeholders and 
Inhabitants of the Parish of Raymond in said Province, 
She-wet h : 1 

That the Said Parish was Incorporated in May A. D. 1764, 
and have ever since been Destitute of a Meeting-house for the 
Publick Worship of God in said Parish ; 

That the Parishioners cannot agree where to set a Meeting-- 
house, altho they have had sundry meetings for that purpose ; 
but the Major part of the Inhabitants Living in the North 
Easterly part of said Parish, have Voted to set the Meeting 
house about a mile from the North Easterly side line of said 
Parish, which will greatly discommode many of the Inhabit- 
ants of the upper part of said Parish, which is likely in a 
short time to be the best part of s" Parish. 

That your Petitioners humbly conceive that if the meeting- 
house was to be placed as near the Center of the Parish as 
possible, It would Accommodate all the Inhabitants that now 
are or hereafter may be settled there. And as some of your 
Petitioners live almost five miles from the place proposed & 
Voted to set the said House, which is to your Petitioners a 
great grievance, & if so done will be to them a heavy burthen ; 
your Petitioners therefore humbly pray the Interposition of 
your Excellency & hon rs in this matter, and that a Disinterested 
Committee may be appointed to view the said Parish & Report 
where they shad think most proper for said House to Stand, 



TOWN PAPERS — RAYMOND. 719 

to accommodate the Inhabitants in the best manner, and that 
such report may be established, or that your Petitioners may 
be otherwise relieved in such way & manner as your Excel- 
lency & Hon' s in your Wisdom shall see fit. And your Peti- 
tioners as in duty bound shall Pray &c. 
Raymond, Octo r 1768. 

Ezekiel Lane John Leavitt 

Daniel Lane Gilman Dudley 

Ezekiel Morss William S. Healey 

William Todd Daniel Richardson 

Samuel Healey Christopher Richardson 

David Lane John Hains 

Obadiah Griffen Stephen Thirst 3 

Daniel Clay Samuel Brown ? 

Jonathan Palmer John Wells 

James Row Stephen Gale 

Jonathan Palmer (jun) James Bean 

Joseph Giles Benjamin Prescott 

Jonas Clay Nicholas Gilman 

Ephraim Currier Stephen Dudley 

Alexander Smith Joseph Smith 

Joseph Giles, Jun. Ssmuel Cram 

Clement Dollof Alexander McCluere 

John Leavitt, jun John Sweat. 

Province of ) In the House of Representatives Octob" 20 th 176S. 
New Hamp' / Upon reading this Petition, voted, That the Petitioners 
serve the Selectmen of Raymond with a Copy of this 
Petition & order of Court thereon that they may be heard thereon, on 
Friday the 28 !:i Instant, if the General Assembly be then sitting, and 
if not then on the third day of the sitting of the Assembly after the 
first day of November next. 

Sam : Hobart, Clk. Pro Temp. 
In Council, Eodem Die. 
Read & concurr'd. 

Geo. King, Dep. Sec? 7 . 

Province of > In the House of Representatives, Octo r 28 th , 1768. 
New Hamp' / The parties being heard on this Petition and agreeing; 
on a Committee to be appointed, 
Voted, That John Webster, Col 5 Ebenezer Stevens, Esq rs and Capt. 
Eliphalet Morrill be a Committee for the purpose mentioned in the Pe- 
tition, to proceed therein and make Report to the General Assembly a* 
soon as mav be. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council, eodem die. 
Read & concurred 

Geo. King, Dep. Sec'. 



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720 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



RINDGE. 



[This Town was granted by Massachusetts in 1738, to John Tyler* 
Joseph Pike and others, officers and soldiers in the Canada expedition 
in 1690. It was called for many years Rowley -Canada, and sometimes 
Monadnock No. 1. It was incorporated by charter, August 11, 176S, 
John Wentworth being then Governor of the Province of New Hamp- 
shire. John Farmer, Esq.] 

Certificate-, 

Francis Peabody & Huberd Gould boath of Lawful 1 age testifyeth & 
saith, That in y year 1742, we went to work at Rowley Canada & we 
kept our horses on Able Plats is hay in raado whare y ' trespas is said 
to be done & paid him for y e same, & y e s ,! Plats hath bin in possession 
of s ! meado ever since till he gave it to his son Joseph, y defendant, 
who hath ben in possession ever since & as to y upland whare y" tres- 
pass is s' to be done we se Able Platts in y year 1742 y- 29 & 30 days of 
September cut wood & Timber on the Lot whare y v trespas is said to 
be done My s 1 Able Plats hath ben in possession ever sence till he 
gave it to his San Joseph Plats the defendant & he hath ben in pos- 
session to this day. 

Francis Peabody 
Hubbard Gould. 

Essex SS. January y e twenty seventh day 1752 Then the within 
named Francis Peabody and Hubard Gould both being strictly casuned 
to the truth of what is above written and then made oath to the same, 
— the adverse partys not Notified living more than thirty miles Dis- 
tance : before me the subscriber : 

Atf Thomas Lambert, Jus. of Pec. 



Copy of the grant to Rowley '-Canada, now Rindgc, 1738. 

At a Great & Gen ! Court or Assembly for his Majesties Province of 
the Mass 1 Bay in New England begun & held at Boston upon Wednes- 
day the 31 : day of May 173S & continu" 1 by prorogation to Wednesday 
the 29'' day of Nov following & then met: January 23 ' a plot or Tract 
of Land ot y Contents of six miles square laid out by Nathan Hay- 
wood Surveyoi <S: chainman on oath to satisfy a grant made by this 
Court to John Tyler. Joseph Pike & others officers & soldiers in y* 
Canada Expedition in the year 1690, Lying to the Southward of the 
mountain called the Grand Monadnock Si adjoining to y Township 
granted to Sam Haywood & others, Beginning at a maple Tree y* 
northeasterly corner of Dotchester-Canada Township, from thence 
Runing north 32 deg' East two miles & one hundred poles to a heap 
of stones, Thence north 22 deg r - East four miles, Thence North one 
mile till it meets with y : said Township granted to Samuel Haywood 
&c Thence West four miles by y e s ' Township to the southwesterly 
corner thereof, Thence north by y u s 1 ' Township three miles & two 
hundred & twenty poles, Thence west 30 deg 8 South five miles & one 
hundred & eighty poles to a wild cherry Tree on the Southward of y* 
Grand Monadnock afores', Thence South one thousand & eighty poles, 
Thence East 41 deg~ South two thousand five hundred perch to a heap 



TOWN PAPERS— RINt>GE. f'it 

of Stones, then North 12 deg r East one mile to y 9 northeasterly corner 
of Dotchester-Canada Township, being y- maple first mentioned, with 
the allowance of one rod in Thirty for uneven Land & Swag of chain 
& a further allowance for ten large ponds & a large shrub Swamp 
about four miles in length & a mile in Bredth. 

In Council Read <£: ordered that five thousand Acres only be allowed 
for Ponds & that the Committee be Directed to reform the plot upon the 
Spot accordingly at the charge of the Grantees, & Report to this Court 
at the next May session. 

In the House of Representatives, Read and concur 41 . 

Consented to. J. Belcher. 

Copy examined, pr. Thos. Perley Pro. Clerk. 

Taken from a copy attested by 

J. Willard, Sec^ 



Andover, April 3 d , 1750. 
We y e Subscribers being appointed by a Committee chosen by y° 
Proprietors of Rowly-Canada Township to go in y' capacity of survey- 
ors & run a line from three miles North of Black Rocks in Salisbury,' 
sixty miles Due west, have so done & find that Sixty miles extends one* 
mile & a half into s 1 Canada Township. 

Sam 1 Johnson jun 
Moody Bridges. 
N. B. We have neither of us any interest in s* 1 Township. 



ROCHESTER. 



[^Rochester was originally granted by Massachusetts to a number of 
Proprietors in 127 shares, and contained upwards of 60,000 acres of 
land. The town was incorporated 10 May, 1722. Ed. ]? 



Meeting of Proprietors. 

At a Publick meeting of y s Proprietors of the Town of Rochester 
legally warned and holden at y - Meeting house in said Town of Roch- 
ester on y- tenth day of July 1732 

Voted, That the Rev' 1 Mr. Joseph Adams (1) be y e Moderator of the 
present meeting. 

Voted, That the Proprietors of the Town of Rochester with the In- 
habitants of s d Town support a Gospel Minister in said Town During 
y term of seven years longer than was exprest in an Act of y- Gen ; 
Court Dated May y d 10 th 173 1, Beginning at y* Expiration of said Act 
and so continuing till y* seven years be expired, each one paying 
according to their Intrest. 

Vera Copia, as on Rochester Town Book. 

Attest, Paul Gerrish, Proprietors Cler. 

(1) Rev. Joseph Adams was a native of Braintree, Ma«s.; born 1H39 ; graduated 
from Harvard College, 1710; ordained as minister of Xewinpton, N. H., Nov. 16, 
ITU; continued iu the ministry there 68 years; and died 26th May, 17&1, aged 93 
jeara. Ed. 

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722 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition of Rochester \ relating to the Gospel Ministry. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Beicher Esq r Governor & Com- 
mander in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire, in New England, and to the honourable his- 
Majestyes Council with the honourable house of Represent- 
atives in General Assembly conven'd at Portsm in said 
Province : 

The Petition of your humble Petitioners Inhabitants of the 
Township of Rochester in the Province afores' 1 humbly shew- 
eth :— 

That we, the Inhabitants of Rochester, being persuaded that 
the Gospel & Means of Grace is a rich & invaluable privilidge r 
for which reason we can't but much lament our sad State, 
while we live without s (1 means ; & seeing no Rational Pros- 
pect of obtaining them for some considerable time to come, 
without the help & assistance of the non-Resident Proprie- 
tors, especially considering our own poverty & the Difficul- 
tys in subduing a wilderness, and hopeing it may not be 
deem'd unreasonable to Desire some assistance from them, in 
order to our Injoying the Gospel among us, since 'tis too evi- 
dent to need any proof that their temporal interest is greatly 
advanced by us ; that is, by our settling in s l Town ; and with- 
all, persuading ourselves that this honourable Court will Re- 
consider our State Sz now doe some what for our Relief: — We, 
whose names are underwritten doe once more humbly Request 
the Legislative Power to pass an Act whereby to oblige the 
Proprietors of said Rochester to assist us the Inhabitants in 
supporting the Gospel in said Town of Rochester for the space 
of six or seven years ; till, 'tis likely we may be able to doe it 
of our selves; or for such a term or Time as this Honourable 
Court should think fit: As also that the honourable Court 
would appoint two or three persons for calling the Inhabitants 
of the Town together for this present year for the choice of 
Town officers &c. And your humble Petitioners shall ever 
pray as in Duty bound. 

Benjamin Merrow Jonathan Cops 
Sam' Richard Stephen Berry 
Robbard Knite Joseph Richards 
Joseph Heard John Wentworth 
Joseph Miller William Chamberlin 
John Jennes William James 
Mark Jennes John Mac fiee ? 
John Bickford Zebulon Dam 
Jonathan Yong John Bickford jun. 
James Lock Samuel Marrow- 
Timothy Robberts Ebenezer Bruster 
Joseph Richards Benjamin Fosst 
Clem 11 Dearing John Garlen 
Ebenezer Place Elezar Ham 



TOWN PAPERS RINDGE. 7 2 3 

John Allen Joseph Richards jun. 

Paul Tibbets Benj'Tebbets 

Solomon Clark Philip Dorr ? jun. 

William Elis William Stiles. 
Stephen Harford 

April 29, 1736, In the House of Representatives, 

The within Petition was read, and considered of, and Voted, That every 
Proprietor of a full share of Lands in the town of Rochester, pay the Sum 
of fifteen shillings pr Annum to the Inhabitants of the said Town (or such 
person or persons as they shall appoint to receive the same), towards the 
6upport of a Gospel minister amongst them During the full term of 
seven years, and so in proportion to the sum of fifteen shillings pr an- 
num according to their Propriety, be the same more or less, during the 
term aforesaid. Provided & the Petitioners are hereby obliged to keep 
an orthodox minister during said term, and that theRev d Jos. Adams & 
John Jennes & Wm. Chamberlaine be impowered to call a Town meet- 
ing to choose town officers, as the Law directs, for the present year, and 
y* all such officers so chosen shall have full power & authority as other 
town Officers have by Law & that the Peti' 3 have liberty to bring in a 
Bill accordingly. 

James Jeffrey, Cler. Ass ra 
In Coun 1 eo. die. 

Read St Concur'd. 

Rich d Waldron, Sec^ 
Assented to 

J. Belcher. 

[An Act was passed agreeably to the foregoing vote (1). Ed.] 
(1) See copy of said Act in MS. " Town Papers," Vol. VI. p. 115. Ed. 



Petition of William Chamberlin and jfohn jfenness^for 
further relief. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 
Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire, the Hon* 1 * his Majesty's Council & House 
of Representatives for said Province in General Court con- 
vened. 

The Humble Petition of William Chamber" [Chamberlin] 
and John Jenness both of Rochester in the Province of New 
Hampshire, as a Committee for the said Town, skews : 

That the said Town of Rochester being an Infant settlem* 
the Inhabitants thereof Labour under many hardships & In- 
conveniences unknown to Places come to maturity and that are- 
able to supply with all the necessaries of life. 

That the General Court in consideration of the Indigent cir- 
cumstances of the said Inhabitants past an Act some few years 
since subjecting the non-resident Proprietors to the payment of 
fifteen shillings upon every whole Right or share, and in pro- 
portion for a Lesser part towards the support of the Ministry 



f2$ JJEW tf ASTPSftrRBT 

& other charges of the said Town ; — which Act wa£ tempo- 
rary & expires- in March or April next. 

That the said Inhabitant* have labored under the frowns' of 
Providence in a peculiar manner for the two last years, by cut- 
ting short their crops of Indian Corn (their chief support) with* 
early & unseasonable Frosts, which has greatly distrest them 
& made them more Indigent than when the Court granted" 
them the aid above mentioned ; especially too considering: 
there is no Grist Mill in the said Town & that they suffer many 
other inconveniences too numerous to be here particularly men- 
tioned : — Wherefore your Petitioners in behalf of their constitu- 
ents most humbly Pray this Hon be Court to Revive the afore- 
said Act for such time as shall seem meet or to grant them leave- 
to bring in another, drafted in such manner as this Court shall* 
think to be a proper support & succour to the said Inhabitants*. 
or give them such other Relief as in your Great Wisdom & 
Goodness- you shall think proper; — and your Petitioners as in 
Duty Bound (in their said capacity) shall ever pray, &c. 

William Chamberlin 
John Jennes. 
Feby 13^ 1741 
In trie Rouse of Representatives : 

The within Petition read and the Petitioners heard and som of the 
Proprietors p'sent at the hearing : 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be thus far granted, viz. That 
the non-resident Proprietors shall pay ten shillings annually for one 
whole share & so in proportion to their interest in s u Town, for & to- 
wards the support of the Ministry in said Town, and that the Petition- 
ers have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly: the Act to continue for 
three years & no longer. 

James Jeffry, Cler. Ass m 
Feby i8 Lh 1741-2. 

In Council Feb" 19. 1741-2- 

Read and non-concurred unanimously. 
R. Waldron, Secy. 
In Coun' Feb. 2o' n 1741-2. 

The within Petition read & voted, That the Proprietors (both resi- 
dent and non-resident) of the first and second divisions of land in the 
Town of Rochester and the Proprietors of any part or parts of the said 
first or second divisions be subjected by a special Act to pay annually a 
tax of five shillings for a home lot and" five shillings for a second divi- 
sion, and pro rata for a part of a first or second division, for & toward* 
thesupport of the Gospel ministry in the said Town, forand during the 
space of three years next coming and that the Petitioners have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly. It is to be understood that the five shillings* 
above mentioned is to be according to the value of our present current 
Province Bills. 

R. Waldron,, Sec/. 
February the 23 d 1741 — 

In the House of Representatives. 
The above Vote of Council Read & concurred & the Petitioners ftatef 
liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

Jjames Jeffry, Cler. Ass*' 
Feb. 23, 1 74 1. 

Assented to, B. Wentworth. 



TOWN PAPERS liLNDGE. 



7*5 



Petition for a guard of soldier s, 1J46. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 1 " Capt. Gen 1 And 
Qoveraor-iu-Chief, in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire, in New England, and to y ' Honourable Coun- 
cil & Representatives, in Gen 1 Court assembled : 
The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Rochester in y e Province afores ; humbly SMeweffi: That 
whereas your Petitioners are few in number & under Indigent 
circumstances, living in a wilderness, where we are continu- 
ally liable to y~ Assaults of y Barbarous Indian Enemy who 
have killed four of our men already & taken one man & a 
Boy in y week past & have killed & wounded a considerable 
number of our Cattle that we have found already (more being 
missing) and they are continually Lurking about our Houses 
and Fields (being seen by some of us almost every day) so 
that we cannot go out or come in without being liable to Fall 
by them, & our Families are suffering & we not able to go 
out to our labour, and we have no soldiers in the town at this 
time ; — Therefore, we humbly Pray & Intreat your Excellency 
«& your Honours to take our "Deplorable circumstances under 
^rour wise consideration & to extend your paternal caie & 
affection to us. By allowing us a suitable Number of soldiers 
to Guard us in our Garrisons & 
ments from time to time ; and 
Bound shall ever Pray, &c. 
Kochester July i, 1 746. 

Tim" Roberts 

Edward Tebbetts 

John Laighton 

John Jennes 

William Jennes 

Jonathan Young 

James Lock 

Henery Allerd 

Thomas Drew 

John Hammock 

James Plleace ? 

Clement Deeren 

Ithema Sevey 

James Busey 

John McFee 

Joseph Richards 

Beniman Heays 

Zebolon Damm 

Jonathan Hodgen 
In Council, July 2 (i 1746. 

Read & sent down to the Hon b, « House. 

Theodore Atkinson, SecJ\ 



about our necessary employ- 
your Petitioners as in Duty 



Stephan Berey 
Joseph Walker 
James Rodger 
Daniel McNeall 
James Rodger jun 
John Heard 
Ruben Heard 
Matthew McFee 
Abram Pearce 
Beniman Richards 
Ichabod Coson 
Ebenezer Plaice 
Thomas Young 
Elezar Ham 
Solomon Clark 
John Garlon 
William Chamber 1 * 
Solomon Perkins- 



726 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition for further relief and for a guard of soldiers, 1747- 
Province of ) To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r 
New Hamp r ) Captain General, Governor and Commander- 
in-chief of his Majesty's Province aforesaid, 
The Honourable his Majesty's Council and House of Rep- 
resentatives : 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Rochester in the Province aforesaid Humbly sheiveth : 

Whereas the circumstances of your Petitioners by Distress 
of the Enemy, a Frontier Town, Whereby are much exposed, 
and suffered by the Inrode of the Enemy in the year past, 
with the loss of the Lives of five men, the Inhabitants of this 
Town, and many of our Brethren not less than Twenty, en- 
listed in his Majesty's service for the Canada Expedition, sev- 
eral families moved off by Distress and fear of the Enemy, 
whereby we are unable to Defend and protect the settlement 
and Improvements made here : 

Wherefore your Petitioners humbly Pray you will take our 
Distressed Circumstances into consideration, and grant ussuch 
a stated number of men as may be sufficient to Defend and 
protect this settlement and improvements and preserve the 
lives of the Inhabitants of this town. We humbly acknowl- 
edge and return our hearty thanks for Relief sent us the 
year past. 

Our Improvements and further Improvements of our sev- 
eral settlements Depends upon the succour and relief of this 
Province, otherwise must unavoidably move in and leave our 
several settlements for the destruction of the Indian Enemy : 
Therefore vour Petitioners as^ain would entreat to grant our 
Petition : 

Which is the Prayer of your Petitioners. 
Rochester, March 2' : 1746-7. 
Tim" Roberts Sam 1 Whithouse 

Edward Tebbets Robert Knight 

John Alan Jo" Libby 

& for his sons. Benj l Richards 

William Alien James Place 

Nathan Allen John McFee 

John Wallingfar Ebnezer Place 

& son, Peter Wallingford Joseph Walker 

John Young Reuben Heard 

John Bickford Richard Winford 

Thomas Perkins Stephen Berry 

Jonathan Young Zebulon Dam 

Samuel Richards • Alexander Hodgdon 

James Loock Jonathan Hodgdon 

Ichabod Horn John Heard 

John Laighton Beniamen Hayes 

Samuel Laighton Daniel McNeall 

Samuel Twoinbly Ithamer Sevey 






TOWN PAPERS — RINDGE. 727 

Richard Bickford Joseph Egerlj 

William Jennes Thomas Young 

Aaron Tibbets John Garlend 

Isaac Miller Aleazer Ham 
James Merrow 

In Council, April 1, 1747. 

Read & order'd to be sent down to y e Hon bU House. 
Theodore Atkinson, See>\ 

? 



Letter of thanks^ and petition for further aid. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Capt. Gen [ and 

Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of 

New-Hampshire ; and to the Hon ' Council and House of 

Representatives in General Court Conv ] 

May it please your Excellency and your Jfon rs : — This, 
agreeable to a Vote in a Publick Town meeting holden in 
Rochester October 19/% 1747, is to Return the greatfull ac- 
knowledgment of the said Town to your Excellency and Hon" 
for the Paternal care you have taken of us in the spring and 
summer past by sending Maj" Thomas Davis to us with the 
soldiers under his command ; Who by his prudent, dilligent 
and carefull managm" under the Divine Providence, hath been 
instrumental of Defeat- the Enemy in their attempts against 
us and so of Preserving our Lives and the Lives of our Fami- 
lys ; and we think it a Reasonable Duty for us to Render our 
thanks to your Excellency and the Hon" General Court in this 
Publick manner. 

And we pray your Excellency and your Hon 1-3 if in your 
wisdom shall think it necessary and convenient to favour us 
with a few soldiers a while longer to scout about the Town 
upon the Discovery. 

And inasmuch as we are unable of ourselves to support the 
Gospel Ministry amongst us, We pray your Excellency and 
your Jrioir* to lay a Tax upon the First and Second Division 
Lots of Land in Rochester beion<?in£ to the non-resident Pro- 
pnetors to be paid annually towards the support of the Gospel 
Ministry in said Rochester, and your humble Petitioners shall 
ever pray &c. 

The foregoing Articles were Voted in a Publick Town 
meeting holden in Rochester, October 19 th 1747, and Voted 
that they be preferred to his Excellency the Gov 1 ' and to the 
gen Court of this Province in manner aforesaid. 

Attest, Jno. Bickford, Town Clerk. 

In Council, Nov. 12 th 1747. 

Read and sent down to the Hon M House. 
Theodore Atkinson, Sec*. 



,.»,,.„...., , ... 



!I2& ?<EW HAMPSHIRE 

Prov. of New) In the House of Representatives, 13 th Nov r 1747. 
Hampshire j Voted, That y Petitioners be heard on this Petition 
v e second Day of y- setting of y* Gen' Assembly after 
the first of January next, & that y Petitioners at their own cost adver- 
tise y publick two or three weeks successively (between this day Sc y° 
afores rl Second Day) in y e Post Boy & Evening Post News papers (so- 
called) of y* Prayer of y e s ' Petition & this order of Court, that every 
one may have opportunity to shew cause if zany there be why y' Prayer 
of s 1 Petition should not be granted. 1 

D. Peirce, Clk. 
In Council, Eod. Die. 
read & concurred. 

T. Atkinson, Secy. 
Nov. 19. Consented to 

B. Wentworth. 



Petition of John Dam. in relation fa Roads, in Rochester. 

Prov. of ) To his Excellency the Gov r the Hon lc his Maj- 
l^ew Hamp r \ esties Council, and the Hon' 1 House of Rep- 
resentatives of said Province : 

The Petition of the Town of Rochester in said Province 
Humbly shczveth: 

That by reason of the unwearied Diligence of a Number of 
Gentlemen in Settlin the Wilderness Country to the Northward 
of us, and the abundance of Land-carriage and Travelling 
which is Daily or yearly increasing and Likely so to continue. 
Makes it Necessary to have a good Road or Roads to Encour- 
age so essential a Plan for promoting the Bringing the unprof- 
itable Wilderness to be serviceable to the Province and En- 
creasing his Majesties subjects in the same, and by Reason of 
our Natural situation the Roads must run a great length 
through our Town which is but a little part of it settled at one 
end in comparison of what is unsettled, so that the Road to New 
Durham Runs 7 or S Miles through said unsettled Land, and 
the Road to Water Town much further, and the Inhabitants 
Dont own one 16"" if the 20 ' part of said wild Land, which 
is yearly increasing in value by settling the country above, and 
we have don between five and six hundred days work on the 
Road to New Durham, which is found Insufficient, and we 
have had one Presentment already for said Deficiency and are 
liable to more when any disaffected Party shall see cause : 

Therefore we pray that your Exc ! and Honours will pass an 
Act to lay a Tax on the settled and unsettled Land through the 
whole Town to defray the charge of clearing and repairingthe 
Roads through the unsettled Land from time to time as there 
may be occasion or so long and Recoverable in such a way a» 
your Honors in your wise Penetration may judge Reasonable. 



TO\y>f PAPERS— RINDGE. %?$ 

We trust you will consider our circumstances as a People, that 
in peril of our Lives from the sword of the wilderness, have 
Defended this frontier from which we are but just Relieved, 
go that pur condition may well be thought to be otherw~ays 
Jban if we had had our Liberty ; for many or the most of us 
are not in a capacity to take our Packs and travel sixteen or 
Eighteen miles into the country to Do so much Labour as is 
peedful on said Roads, and our families not suffer at home , 
Therefore we hope your Parental affections are such that you 
will lay the Burden where it Properly Belongs ; and we 
*s in duty Bound will ever Pray. 

Signed in and on behal: of said Rochester 

Per Jona. Dam, Agent. 

Rochester, i2 u Feb \ 1768. 

In Council, Feb" 17 11 1768. 

The above Petition read & ordered to be sent down. 
Geo. King, Dep- V Secy. 
In the House of Representatives, Feb>' 18, 1768. 

The within Petition being considered, voted, That the Petitioners be 
Jieard thereon the third day of the citing of the General Assembly next 
after the tenth day of March next, and that in the mean time, he cause 
the substance of this Petition to be printed in the New Hampshire Ga- 
zette three weeks successively, and give notice that any Person may then 
|hew cause why the prayer thereof should not be granted. 

M. Weare, Civ. 
Epdem die. In Council, 
read & concurr'd 

Geo. King, Dep. Se"-7 

New Hamo h \ * n t ^ ie ^ ouse °^ Representatives, March 17, 1768. 

The within Petition being considered and the Petitioner and such who 
appeared to make Objection being fully heard : — 

Voted, That the Petitioner have leave to bring in a Bill for laying a 
tax of one half penny pr Acre yearly for two years on all the Lands in, 
said Township belonging to Residents and non Residents for making 
and Repairing the highways in s' 1 Town, under the care of the Select- 
men who are to Render an account of their Proceedings herein to the 
General^ Assembly : and any Person shall have liberty of paying his 
Proportion of said tax by Labour at two shillings pr Day finding him- 
wlf and observing the Direction of the said Selectmen. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council, March i8 :h 1768. 

Read & concur'd. 

Geo. King, Dep. Secy. 






730 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



RUMNEY. 

[Rumnev was granted first to Samuel Olmstead, afterwards to Daniel 
Brainerd. Esq., iS th of March, 1767. A settlement, however, was begun 
therein October, 1765, by Capt. Jotham Cummings. The first minis- 
tor, Rev. Thomas Niles, was a native of East Haddam, Ct. ; graduated 
Yale College 175S; ordained 21 Oct. 1767, and settled in Rumney; left 
Feb. 10, 17SS. He was a Congregationalist, but it does not appear that a 
church was organized there. Ed.] 

Petition of sundry Inhabitants of Rumney against Daniel 
Brainerd, Esq. 

Province of \ To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r 

New Hampshire j Governor and Commander in chief in and 

over the Province of New Hampshire 

afores d and to the Honourable Council 

and Assembly of said Province : 

The Petition of the subscribers being Proprietors and In- 
habitants of the Town of Rumnev most humbly shezvcth : 

That Daniel Brainerd of said Rumney, Esq r is owner 
and according to the Province Laws has Right (as your peti- 
tioners suppose) to vote for a considerable number of Propri- 
etors shares or Rights in said Town, and that he takes upon 
him in the meeting of the Proprietors of said Town to vote for 
sundry others Rights or shares therein, under color of Power 
and Authority from the owners of the same, which owners do 
not attend said meetings ; — by which he is enabled to carry the 
vote and to decide all affairs in such proprietors Meetings ac- 
cording to his own pleasure, to the introducing much confu- 
sion and uncertainty iii the publick & common affairs of said 
Proprietors (as your Petitioners apprehend) and which Power 
the s' Brainerd uses in such manner as to injure and oppress 
your Petitioners particularly in the following Instances : as 

First — That the monies Voted by the Propriety are not laid 
out for the Proprietors use or to answer the purposes for which 
they were granted by s" Propriety, by which means the settle- 
ment of this Town is much retarded and your Petitioners 
greatly damaged. 

Secondly — No Rate or Tax has been duly assessed upon the 
said Proprietors since the Grant of their Charter, till within a 
few months past, and the Rate now assess'd does not amount 
to the whole of the Proprietors Debts. 

Thirdly — No settlement has been made with the Rev d Mr. 
Niles the minister of said Rumney since he has been the min- 
ister of s J Town, nor any part of his Salary paid whereby he 
hasbeen obliged to commence a suit in Law for the Recovery 
of his Sallary, and the. said Brainerd by means aforementioned 



TOWN PAPERS — RUMNEY. 73 1 

has procured a vote of said Proprietors, to charge themselves 
without justice or necessity (as your Petitioners Imagine) with 
twelve shillings Lawful money upon each Right to defend said 
suit. The Rev. Mr Niles before s J vote was pass'd having 
publicly offered to withdraw said suit at Law, and also to abate 
of his Salary forty Dollars, if the Proprietors would come to 
settlement with him according to said Proprietors vote. 

Fourthly — Sundry of your Petitioners having paid divers 
sums to the Rev d Mr. Niles and laboured for him with expec- 
tation that the same should be set off against their Respective 
Rates or Taxes to his Sallary, no Tax- was for a long time as- 
sess'd, and now but a part of the money due to Mr. Niles is 
assess'd, and that comprised in y° same general sum with the 
other taxes ; and no ways distinguished from them therein ; so 
that though Mr. Niles is willing to discount the same yet your 
Petitioners cannot come to the knowledge of the particular 
sums due to him in y J Tax assess'd as afores'd. 

Fifthly — Some of your Petitioners having requested of the 
s d Brainerd that he could make a just assessment and procure 
a Rate bill combining the whole of y e money due to Mr. Niles 
according to vote of y e Propriety, y s J Brainerd refuseth to do 
it, and refuseth to accept of Receipts from Mr. Niles for the 
whole which is due to him as afores' 1 and by means of the said 
Brainerd's conduct and arbitrary use of his Power, your Peti- 
tioners Lands are exposed to be sold and will be sold as we are 
publickly notified on y- 23 d of this Instant July, unless your 
Petitioners pay the money, tho' they have paid the same in 
Labour : — Wherefore your Petitioners humbly Pray your Ex- 
cellency and the Honourable Council and Assembly to take 
their case under consideration and to grant them such relief in 
the Premises as to the wisdom of your Excellency and the 
Honourable Council and Assembly shall seem meet; and par- 
ticularly that such order may be made thereupon that your Pe- 
titioners may have the full benefit of what they have paid the 
Rev Mr. Niles and the labour they have clone for him. by the 
same being set off to pay Mr. Nile's, and that they may not be 
liable to pay over again those sums which they have already 
paid as afores' J nor be liable to have their Land sold for the 
non-payment thereof nor be driven to their Action in Law to 
recover a due allowance for their labour : And your humble 
Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. 
Rumney, July y c 5 Ul A. D. 1771. 
Elihu Johnson Joseph Clark 

Barnabas Niles Matt. Ramsey 

Charles Clark Hugh Ramsey- 

Isaac Clifford, Treas. or asses. Thomas Ramsey. 

Pelatiah Watson 



--si*r»tr**>»" 






732 tfEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of Daniel Brainerd and others. 
Province of ~) To his Excellency John Wentworth, Esqr 
New Hampshire, y Capt. GqiV Governor & Commander in 
Rockingham ss. 3 chief in and over his Majesty's Province- 
aforesaid, and the Hon b his Majesty's 

Council tor said Province : 

The Petition of Daniel Brainerd of Rnmney in s' County 
& Province, in behalf of himself, and Mathevv Grisseli of 
Lime, David Day & Henry Champion of Colchester, 8c Jo- 
seph Spencer of East-Haddam, ail in the Colony of Connecti- 
cut, Humbly she~veth : — 

That your Petitioner and the afore mentioned persons are 
considerably interested in said Town of Rumney, under his 
Majesty's Grant thereof, and have with Jeremiah Clough Esq r 
Sam 1 Moore & others been making Large Improvements 
therein by persons under them greatly to the Emolument of 
said Town : 

That the time limited for doing the Duty conditioned in the 
grant aforesaid Expir'd the iS ■ day of March last: That a 
number of the original Grantees have neglected to perform 
the several conditions in said Grant express'd, much to the 
prejudice of the Settle of said Town, namely. Humphrey 
Colby, Jabez Chapman, Miles Wright, Thomas Moseiy and 
others : 

Wherefore, your Petitioner humbly prays that your Excel* 
Jency & Honours would take the Premises into consideration 
and grant your Petitioner and the said Matthew Grisseli, David 
Day, Henry Champion and Joseph Spencer such further 
Time to complete the duty enjoyn'd upon their Interest, as in 
your great Wisdom shall seem meet: and also to dispose of 
the Interest and shares of the delinquent Proprietors to such 
of his Majesty's good subjects as vvili effectually settle & cul- 
tivate the same ; and your Petitioner as in duty bound shall 
ever Pray. 

Portsm' May 4^, 1772. 

The Names of the other Grantees, who are delinquent in 
Rumney, referr'd to above, viz. Thomas Niles, Clerk, 
Ephraim Rand, Aaron Brainard & Jabez Chapman : There 
is one family settled on these two original Rights, but on 
\yhich particular one is uncertain, as they remain undivided. 

Daniel Brainerd. 



TOWN' PAPERS—- RUMNEY. 733 

Petition of Rev. Thomas Niles. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth, Esq" Captain General 

and Governor-in-chief of his Majesty's Province of New 

hampshire, and to the Honorable his Majesty's Council of 

Said Province : 

The Petition of Thomas Niles of Rumney in the County 
of Grafton in said Province, Clerk, humbly shewetk: — 

That your Petitioner was ordained about five years ago and 
has endured all the hardships attending the Beginning of a 
new Township as the first minister of said Town of Rumney, 
that he owns three Rights of Land in s' 1 Township, viz. one 
as the proper Right of the first ordained Minister, another 
which was originally drawn to Ephraim Rand, by the free 
gift of the Proprietors of Rumney as an additional encourage- 
ment* to him to settle so early in the Town among the first 
inhabitants, and a third granted to him the said Thomas Niles 
by Name in the new charter of s Township: — all which 
Rights the Proprietors voted to be exempt from all Taxes 
while in the Possession of your Petitioner and during his 
Ministry in said town. That on the Right originally drawn 
to Ephraim Rand, your Petitioner has expended considerable 
money and labor, and has inclosed about twenty acres which 
he improves for pasturage, and is making Preparation for the 
settlement of a Family there as soon as possible ; That on the- 
Right granted him by Name in his Majesty's charter of the- 
Township, your Petitioner has erected a House & Barn and 
mows several Tons of good English hay, and has other valua- 
ble articles of produce ; That your Petitioner would have 
proceeded much farther in his improvements of all the above 
mentioned Rights if he had not been injuriously kept out of 
the greater part of his Salary due to him from the afores 1 Pro- 
prietors since his settlement in the Township : Your Peti- 
tioner therefore earnestly Requests that the Rights afores ' may 
be continued to him notwitstandingany Representations which 
may have been made to your Excellency and Honors, of his 
having forfeited any of them ; and relies on your Wisdom and 
goodness that said Rights will still be confirmed: And your 
Petitioner shall ever pray, &c. 

Thomas Nijles. 

Rumney, June 19 th 1772. 



1 



734 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



* RYE. 

[Rye was formerly called Sandy Beach, and was appurtenant to 
Portsmouth. After New Castle was constituted, Sandy Beach became 
a Parish of that place; and was incorporated as such in 1726, and 
allowed to send a representative to the General Assembly. Ed.] 



Petitio?i for a new District or Precinct, 1721. 
To his Excellency Samuel Shute Esq r Capt. Gen' & Governor 
in chief in and over his Maj ;ies Province of New Hamp- : 
shire Sec. To the Hon" 1 ' the Council 8c House of Repre- 
sentatives, now conven'd in Gen li Assembly in 8c for s d 
Province : 

The humble Petition of sundry the Inhabitants living about 
Sandy Beach, partly in New Castle, Hampton 8c Portsmouth, 
humbly sheweth : 

That your Petitioners, the subscribers hereof, have for these 
many years past lived under great inconveniencies as to their hav- 
ing the free benefit of thegospell, mostof us Livingat great Dis- 
tances from our Respective meeting-houses, especially those 
belonging to New-Castle ; — for that besides the great Distance 
wee live from thence, there is the great Inconvenience of a 
Ferry, by the Reasons of which for neare half the yeare, Wee 
the Masters of families that are best able cannot but now and 
then attend upon the publick worship of God (as in Duty wee 
are bound) and when wee Doe, It is many times late within 
Night e're wee can reach our habitations : And besides this 
great inconvenience to ourselves, there is a much greater hap- 
pens to the greatest part of our families (viz.) our women 
and children, who can rarely attend at all or not above two or 
three times in the yeare, and then but those that are groun to 
years ; for our younger children that should imbibe in the pre- 
cepts of the gospell with their milk, cannot attend untill groun 
to some years : Wee having four, five & some more than six 
miles, besides the Ferr} ; And wee can now count amongst 
us above two hundred and forty or fifty souls, and not one 
third capeable to attend as wee are now circumstanced : And 
we think ourselves capeable to maintain a minister of the 
Gospel, and to give a Competent Liveing, as our neighbour- 
ing Pa'shes & precincts do : 

Therefore wee, your humble Petitioners prays that we may 
be set off a p'ticular precinct (from Mr. William Seveys and 
westward by the sea-side as far towards Hampton as the little 
Boars head or Little River, and back into the Country about 
three miles & a halfe or soe far as in your wisdom shall see 
meet) and that we may be impowcred to make and raise all 



TOWN PAPERS — RYE. 



735 



our own Taxes & gather them : 
tioners. 

John Lock 
William Wallis 
John Brackett 
Thomas Rand 
Joshua F033 
Edward Lock 
Beniamen Sevey 
William Lock 
Nicolas Hodge 
James Fowler 
Samuel Seavey 
Samuel Lock 
Isack Line 
Jacob Libe 
James Lock 
John Garland 
£benezer P/aTbrick 
William Seavey 
James Seavey 
Philip Pain 
Samuel Hand 
Samuel Brackett 
Joseph Seavey 
Thomas Rand 
Beniamen Seavy, jun 
Moses Seavy 



So prays your humble Peti- 



William Marden 
Nemiah Beary 
Kathanel Beary 
William Beary 
Samuel Beary 
Samuel Dovost 
James Marden 
Richard Goss 
Ebenezer Berry 
Joseph Erown 
Francis Lock 
Jethro Lock 
Stephen Beavy 
John Knowles 
Hezekiah Jennea 
Tfaos Jennes 
John Jennes 
Chris : Palmer 
Samuel Sevey 
Richard Jannes 
John Lock, jr 
Joseph Lock 
Naihanel Hand 
Samuel Dovst 
Samuel Wallis 
Willm Sevey juu. 



Petition to be set off as a new Parish or District, 1724. 
To the Hon o!e John Wentworth, Esq r Liv 1 Gov r and Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his Maj ty3 Province of New 
Hampshire in New England, and to the Hoiv' le the Coun- 
cil for s ' Province : 

The humble Petition of the Inhabitants living in that part 
of New Castle called Little Harbour and Sandy Beach, and 
the Inhabitants living at the Eastward of the Little River 
comonly so called, att the Easterly end of Hampton, next 
Sandy Beach, and sundry others of Portsm Living near the 
s d Sandy Beach humbly Sheweth : 

That there being sixty familys or upward within the Pre- 
cints above named who having for a long time lived att a 
great Distance from any meeting house where the pubiick 
worship of God has been carried on, and most of us having 
great familys which very Rare above one or Two of a family 
can go to the House of God for the greatest part of the time 
by Reason of the Distance we live from any meeting house, 
and thereby the greatest part of our familys have been De- 
prived of the Dispensation of the Gospell, and there has been. 



f$6 new haMpsjuK^ 

allmosl: a famine of the word and worship of God amongst tiSy 
theire being near four hundred souls whereof not above tht 
sixth or seventh part can attend s' 1 worship which is very 
Predutiall to the glory of God, and Destructive to our Eternall 
wellfare, for the greatest part of us thus to be brought up in 
Ignorance which is a Greater Griefe to us than we can herein 
Express, and the only cause of addressing y- Hon r and the 
Hon le the Council herein. 

And for preventing the Difficulties and Hardships which 
wee have for a long time labour'd under, and for the advance- 
ment of the glory of God and good of souls, wee the sub- 
scribers hereof humbly prays your Hon r and the Honourable 
the Councill that wee may be sett off a Particular District or 
Precinct for the maintaining a minister with the Priviledges 
of carying on the affairs of a Town or Parish according to the 
Bounds hereafter Exprest or as your Hon 1 - in wisdom shall 
see meet, viz. To Begin att Sampsons Point and Run south 
west to the Road from Seavevs to y ' Bank and then on the 
Southerly side of the Road by Capt. Walker's and Capt. 
Langdon's to the Road that goes to Breakfast (i) Hill (Ex- 
clusive of that part of Capt. Walker's and Capt. Langdon's 
Land that now lyeth in Portsmouth,) and on the southerly 
side of the Road from between Capt. Langdon's and Siopers 
farms to Breakfast Hill to the Road from s d Sandy Beach to 
Greenland, and then on a South west line untill it meet with 
Little River in Hampton Bounds, and then on the Easterly 
side Little River to y L> Sea, and then round by the Sea Side to 
y c Place where itt Began, and that all the Land that Elias 
Tarlten and Jeremiah Jorden and Abraham Libby enjoy tivaf 
be poled off to s' 1 Town or Parish herein mentioned, wee hav- 
ing, been at the charge of Building a Meeting house by the 
consent and att the charge of most of the Inhabitants within 
the Bounds herein mentioned : hopeing your Hon 1 " 1 will grant 
so Reasonable a Request for so good End, and your Petition- 
ers shall ever pray &c. 

Jotham Odiorno-' Nathl Rand 

ffm. Seavy Wru. Lock 

Wm. Wallia Wm. Harden 

Hczh Gennins Job. Lock 

Tho. Rand James Seavy 

Phillip- Payne* Wm. Berry 

Jno. Gennina Ez. Noles 

Riehd Gennins- Josha Fos» 

Blend Gosa James Loclc 

&aml Seavy James Fuller 

(\) So called from the Circumstance that a p-irty of Indians, nf er an attack upon? 
the' people on the "Plains" at Portsmouth, Si June, hi 1 .*;, encamped and' tonic 
brea^tis*. on the declivity of a hill near the bounds of Greenland and Hye. 'the" 
hill retains- the- name to this day. — Brctcfter's Ram. Paris. Vol. 1. p. 7i. Ei>. 



TOWN PAPERS RYE. 



737 



8.1ml Rand 
Thos Rand, jua. 
Jos. Seavy 
Elias Tarlton 
Jerembh.Torden 
Elex Simes 
Benja Seavy, Juu. 
Kathi Berry 
Francis Bock 
Stephen Berry 
Jonathan Lock 
Sainl Doust 
EbenBe:ry 
Saral Erackett 
Saml Seavy, Jun. 
Jno Noles 
Jno Lock 
Jno Lock, jun. 
James Marti en 
Solomon Doast 
Christ Pamer 
Tho. Gennins 



Hez. Gennina, jun. 
Saml Wallis 
Nehemiah Bery 
ftichd Rand 
Thoa Edmunda 
Edwtl Lock 
Jno Moor 
Benja Seavey, jun 
James Randall 
Isaac Liby 
Jacob Liby 
Eben Philbrick 
Saml Lock 
Ab'm Liby 
Win. Seavy, tertius 
Wm. Webster 
James Shute 
Wm. Seavy, jun 
Saml Berry 
Wm. Gammon 
Stephen Marden. 
6J. 



Vote and Remonstrance of Portsmouth against the Petition 
from Sandy Peach, 1724. 

Att a Publick Town Meeting held in Portsm" the 20 th Ap r 1724, 
Vot'd That y Prayer of Sandy Beach so far as it Relates to this 
Town is highly unreasonable & y l Coll. Plaisted & Capt. Phipps Esq' 
& Mr. Wm. Fellows be a Comittee in behalfe of s 1 Town to appear be- 
fore y e Gov" & Councill upon y B hearing of y 9 s d Petition & Remon- 
etiate against y- Same & Implead y e Petition" generally so y l there 
may be no further curtailing or Dividing of y" s d Town; which is 
already Reduc'd to very narrow limits, by New Castle, Greenland & 
Newington, 6c y' y Committe be Impower'd to imply an Attorney in 
y 1 Premises if there be occasion. 

True Copy — Test. Josh. Peirce, Town Clr. 

2i :t Ap r 1724. 



Petition from sundry Inhabitants of Little Harbour, Sandy 
Beach and Hampton, 1725. 

To the Honourable John Wentworth Esq r Lieut. Governor 
and Commander-in-chief in & over his Majesties Province 
of New Hamp' ; To the Honourable the Council And Rep- 
resentatives in Gen' Assembly conven'd at Portsmouth in the 
s d Province : 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Little Harbour and 
Sandy Beach in the Town of New Castle, and sundry of the 

47 



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Inhabitants of the East end of the Town of Hampton, and 
some of Portsm or Greenland, most humbly she-wet h : 

Thatthe dwelling-places of y r Petitioners with their Families, 
which consistof the number of more than Four hundred Souls, 
are very far distant from the setled Meeting-Houses in the re- 
spective Towns to which they belong and thereby their at- 
tendance on the publick worship of God on the Lord's Days 
is rendered extremely difficult, and at some times impossible 
in stormy weather and in the winter season, especially, to their 
Women and children, so that they cannot pay to God the 
Honour of Publick worship on his day, which Religion and the 
good Laws of the government demand of them ; and your Pe- 
tition^ with their wives and children are brought up in Igno- 
rance of his word ; Which evil cannot be remedied but by the 
favous of your Honours and the Honourable Assembly in con- 
stituting them a separate District or Precinct from their re- 
spective Towns, to which they now belong, and enabling them 
to carry on the Publick worship of God amongst themselves ; 
and therefore yo r . Petitioners most humbly pray that your Hon- 
our and this Honourable Assembly would please to set off that 
part of New Castle called Sandy Beach & Little Harbour, with 
such of Hampton, Portsm ' or Greenland as to you in your 
Wisdom shall seem proper to be a District or Precinct for the 
carrying on the worship of God and maintaining a School 
therein according to Law, and your Petitioners shall ever pray,. 
as in duty bound, &c. 



Samuel Seavy 
Joseph Lock 
John Lock, jun. 
Thorn a3 Jeffry ? 
James Fuller 
David Smith 
Ezekeel Knowls 
Wm. Gennings ? 
Stephen Beary 
William Lock 
Jethro Lock 
Tho3 Jennes 
John Jennes, jun. 
Saml Lock 
Phillip Pain 
Richard Jeanea 
Samuel Gove 
Francis Lock 
Isiak Lybe 
Alexander Sims 
John Knowles 
Jonathan Lock 
Joshua Foss 
Ebenezer Berry 



his 
William X Marden 

mark 
William Marden, jun. 
Solo Doust, jun. 
Samuel Rand 
Solomon Dowst 
William Barry 
Neheoiiah Berry 
James Seavey 
Samuel Wales 
Orem Dowst 
Willm Sevey jun 
James Shute 
John Lock 
Hezekiah Jennes 
William Wallia 
Samuel Brackett 
William Lock 
John Jenes 
James Lock 
John Garland 
Beneamen Lamprey 
Chxistofar Palmer 



\ 



TOWN PAPERS RYE. 739 

Ebenezer Phillmck Nathil Rand 

James Berry Tboraas Rand 

Joseph Sevey William Rand 

Benja Sevey Simon Knowles 

Edwd Randle Jacob Libbe 

Isaac Dow Nathaniel Bary 

James Harden Daniel Hasley 

Thorns Rand Wm. Gammon 

John Pain Edward Lock. 

X r y e 29, 1725. In the House of Representatives. 

The within Petition being read : Ordered that the Towns of Ne\r 
Castle, Portsmouth, Hampton & Greenland be notified by the Petition- 
ers to appear on the second day of the sitting of the Spring Sessions 
next, to shew cause (if any they have) why the Prayer of the Petition 
may not be granted. 

Jas. Jeffry, Clr. Ass 3 * 



Another Petition from the same source, T 7 3 5- 
Whereas we the subscribers did formerly Petition to the Gov- 
ernment of this Province to be set off for a Precinct or Dis- 
trict, which we humbly conceive was denyed, because it was 
thought that if the prayer of the Petition were granted, the 
Great Island could not subsist to maintain a Minister there 
without the assistance of a great part of the subscribers ; — now 
to take of that objection, and in order that the Gospel may be 
continued both atthe Island and Sandy Beach, we the subscribers 
consent that Twenty Pounds annually during the Rev'd Mr. 
ShurtlifTs life, or continuance in the Ministry at the Island, be 
allow'd as follows : viz. That whereas Little Harbour side 
with Sandy Beach used to pay near one third part of Mr. 
Shurtleff's Salary, and there being five persons on Little Har- 
bour side that do not desire to join with us, the Petitioners, 
viz. Lieut. Jno. Sherburn, Tobias Lear, Jno. Odiorne, James 
Randle, and the Widow Wallis who used to pay about six 
pounds annually towards the minister's Rate, We the subscrib- 
ers do promise and engage to make that sum Twenty pounds 
annually as afores d ; — Provided that we may be cleared from 
all other Parish Taxes to the several places where we do now 
belong. 

December 14 th 1725 ) 

In Province of New Hamp r j 

We also will quit o r right to the Twelve Pounds paid by the 
Isle of Shoals. 

William Seavey Edward Lock 

William Wallea Benjamin Seavey 

Thomas Rand Samuel Wallea 

Samuel Brackett Joanna Foes 

John Lock Samuel Berry 

James Lock Joseph Lock 



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I 



William Lock 
Richard G033 
Nafhanael Rand 
William Marden 
Ezekiel Knowiea 
Solomon Dowst 
Benj train Seavey, jun 
Samuel Rand 
Philip Pain 
James Fuller 
William Gammon 
William Seavey, tertlas 
Jethro Goes 
Amos Rind 
Joshua Rand 
William Mar.len jun 
William Lock, jr 
John Pain 
Thorns Rand, jun. 
James Siiute 
William Rand 
Zach : Berry 
William Berry 
Sandy B^ach, Petition, Dec. 29, 1725. 



James Marden 
6aml Dowst 
Ebenr Berry 
Orem Dowst 
Samuel Seavey, jun. 
Francis Lock 
Jethro Lock 
Samuel Lock 
Christopher Palmer 
John Garland 
David Smith 
Ebenr Pliilbrick 
Joh Knowles 
Stephen Be; ry 
Jonathan Lock 
Jolm Lock, jun. 
Samuel Seavey 
He-zekiah Jt-nes 
Richard Jennes 
John Jennes 
Xehemiah Berry 
Thorns Jennea 
Xaihl Berry. 



Petition from the Parish of Rye, 1729. 
To his Excellency William Burnet, Esq r Capt. General & 
Governor in Chief in & over his Majesties Province of New 
Hamps' in New England 8c To the Hon :,lu the Council 8c 
the Hon 5 '" House of Representatives in General Assembly 
now setting, 

The Humble Petition of the Parish of Rye in New Castle, 
in the Province of New Hamp r 

Humbly skewetk : 
That whereas this Parish was established by a Special Act 
of General Assembly Apr. 30, 1726, and near one half of the 
freeholders 8c other Inhabitants of the same being Poled oft' to 
s* 1 Parish from other Towns, a considerable number of which 
did before belong to Hampton Town, 8c having no line fixed & 
settled between s : Parish & Hampton, the s 1 Parish are under 
ill conveniences respecting their Parish affairs, some moving 
•out 8c Leaving the Burden of Taxes heavier upon the Rem- 
nant left, and some others moving in among us & settling in 
that part of the Parish that did belong to Hampton, which wc 
f.re not impowered to Levy Taxes upon, nor to obledge to at- 
tend military exercises, nor to help in Repairing his Majesties 
High-ways in this Parish nor to assist in managing our other 
Parish affairs ; — We, labouring under these & many other ill 






TOWN PAPERS — RYE, 74I 

conveniences, humbly prayeth your Excellency, the Hon 1,!e the 
Council & the Hon lilc House of Representatives to make choice 
of a Committee of indifferent men to fix & settle a Line be- 
tween us & Hampton Town. 

So shall your Hum" 1 Petitioners ever Pray, &c. 

Rich d Goss ") Selectmen 
John Knowles > of s d 
John Garland j Parish. 
Dated at Rye 
May 12, 1729. 
In th House of Representatives. 

Voted, That the hearing this Petition be suspended untill the fourth day 
of the next Session of the General Assembly and that a Copy of the 
Petition & this Vote be sent to the Select men of Hampton at charge of 
the Petitioners. 

% James Jeffry, Cler. Ass m 

May 14 th 1729. 

In Council, eod. die 
Read & Concurr'd. 

R. Waldron, Cler. Coun. 



In the House of Representatives, 

Voted, That the prayer of the within Petition be so far granted y* a 
Committee of indifferent p'sons be chosen & goe upon the spot & that 
a Plot be made and Bro'tin to the Ass" bys 1 Committee of the old P'ish 
of Hampton, with a Division of the North Hill part, alsoeof the whole 
P'rish of Rye, and alsoe of that part that belongs to Portsmouth & 
Greenland that is Powi'd off to Rye; — and make theire Return to the 
Gen 1 Assembly next session for further consideration ; and that the Pe- 
titioners pay the charges. 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass m 

3P»y-i3* 1729. 

Capt. Joshua Win gate ) ... • t>- .. .l l 

& Mr John Sanburn } enters their Dlsscnt a - * the above VOte * 
X br the 16, 1729. In the House of Representatives, 

Voted, That Mr. Speaker Wiggans and Maj r Paul Gerrish, Mr. Bar- 
tholomew Thing and Maj 1 Nicholas Gillman & Lieut. Wm. Moore of 
Stratham or any three of them be a Comittee for the ends above men- 
tioned, to make Draught and that the old P'ish of Hampton & that part 
of Hampton called North Hill be alsoe notified of the time of Run- 
ning the Lines, and that the Return be made to the Gen ! Assembly y 9 
third day of the sitting of the next Sessions of the Ass' 11 and all parties 
then to appeare to make their objection (if any they have) why such 
Return may not be rec 1 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass m 
In Council, Dec r 17, 1729. . ... • - 

Read & concurred, w" 1 both y" above votes 
R. Waldron, Cler. Con. 



74 3 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition from Selectmen of Rye. relating to tke effects of a 
violent Storm, 1754. 
Province of \ To his Excellency Penning Wentworth, 
New Hampshire } Esq r . Governour and Commander in 
Chief, in and over his Majesty's Province 
of New Hampshire, and the Hon b!e the House of Represent- 
atives for said Province now in General Court siting : 
Humbly shews — James Harden and Joses Philbrick two of 
the Selectmen of the Parish of Rye in the Province aforesaid 
(being the major part thereof) in behalf of the said Parish: 
That on or about the Nineteenth day of June last past there 
was a Violent Thunder Storm and there fell a very consider- 
able quantity of Rain & Hail which reach'd through the said 
Parish and Damaged all the Inhabitants of the said Parish 
(three or four familys only excepted) very much by shattering 
their houses and barns, breaking the glass windos almost the 
one half thereof through the said parish ; shattered the meet- 
ing-house and Parish house and Broke the glass thereof, that 
one hundred pounds old tenor will not be sufficient to repair 
the said Meeting and Parish house ; Destroy'd almost all the 
apples in the said Parish, with almost all the English and In- 
dian corn then and there standing and growing, of one half of 
the said Inhabitants ; By means whereof the said Inhabitants 
are reduced to Miserable circumstances, with Regard to the 
fruits oi the earth this year, And it will be as much as the said 
Inhabitants can do (and will be beyond the capacity of many) 
to repair their buildings and provide sustinence for themselves 
and cattle this year ; and as the said Parish is but a poor place 
and the said Inhabitants are at considerable charge among 
themselves over and above the Province Tax, which in itself 
is very heavy, and considering the circumstances of the said 
Parish will be insupportable as their dependence is on the 
fruits of the earth (which are now destroy'd.) Wherefore the 
said James Marden & Joses Philbrick pray in behalf of the said 
Parish that your Excellency and Honours will take the case 
of the said Inhabitants into your wise consideration, and Re- 
leive the said Inhabitants by abating the whole or so much of 
the said Province Tax as your excellency and Honours in your 
great Wisdom shall think expedient, and your Petitioners in 
behalf of said Inhabitants as in duty bound shall ever Pray. 

James Marden 
Joses Philbrick. 
July 24, 1754. 

Province of "j T , c 
NewHampr } My 26, 175* 

In Council, read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon bIe y e Gen* 
Assembly. 

Theod. Atkinson, SecJ. 



TOWN PAPERS RYE. 



743 



Petition for a Lottery to build a road, 1764. 
To his Excellency Penning Wentworth, Esq r Captain General, 
Governor and Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire, the Hon w his Majesty's Coun- 
cil & house of Representatives in General Assembly con- 
ven'd, this 8 th day of May 1764. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Rye, & of 
the Inhab 113 of the South West end of Portsmouth ; Humbly 
Sherweth : — 

That it would not only be very beneficial to them, but to all 
other Travellers, who pass from Portsm to Rye, or from Rye 
to Portsmouth, provided a Road might be had & obtained 
-across the woods from or near Mr. Thomas Cotton's Farm in 
Long Lane so called, to the highway in Rye near to Mr. 
Wallis Foss's, which would make the travelling from Portsm 
to Rye or from Rye to Portsmouth much more convenient, 
.as it will save eight miles in travel to & from nearer than the 
road now goes, as there is no highway from said Rye to Ports- 
mouth except at the North East End or at the South West end 
of said Rye, both of said highways being at the extream lim- 
its of said Parish of Rye, & being five miles distant from each 
other, which makes it difficult for your petitioners to send 
their wood &c. to market; which Road if obtain' d they think 
would be a General Good, & your Petitioners humbly con- 
ceive it might be had & obtain'd at the Cost & charge of seven 
hundred & fifty pounds new Tenor, but that your petitioners 
are not at present able in & of themselves to purchase said 
highway altho' so beneficial ; Wherefore your petitioners 
humbly prays your Excellency & Honours, to grant them 
leave to bring in a Bill for a Lottery to enable them to effect 
the same & to be under such direction & Regulation as you in 
your great wisdom may think proper, & if anv overplus arises 
thereby, to be disposed of as may be ordered by your Excel- 
lency & honours, & your Petitioners as in duty bound shall 
ever pray &c. 

Joseph Jenness 
Sam 1 Jennes 
Joseph Rand 
Timothy Berry 
Nathanel Jennes 
Chri^ Gold 
Jonath Q Brown 
Job Jennes 
Peter Johnson 
Joseph Brown 
Peter Johnson, jun. 
Jonathan Fowl 
Elijah Lock 
Bickford Lang 



Joseph Philbrick 
Joseph Lock 
Nathan Goss 
Benj a Garland 
Jonathan Lock, jun. 
Stephen Marden 
Benj a Marden 
Ruben Motton 
Sam'' Meservy 
Roberd Sanders 
Job Foss 
Joshua Weeks 
Joseph Yeaton 
Noah Sevey 



744 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Thomas Cotton 
John Furnuel 
John Tarlton 
Richard Tarlton 
James Tarlton 
Elias Tarlton, Jun. 
Jeremiah Berry- 
Richard Lock 
Samuel Wells 
Joshua Rand 
Wallis Foss 
Ebnezer Marden 
James Marden 
Nathaniel Berry jun. 
John Sevey 
Nathaniel Cotton 



Joseph Edmonds 
Bengmon Edmonds 
Thomas Cotton 
Elias Tarlton 
Thomas Clark 
Samuel Norton 
John Norton 
Nathan Norton 
Benjamin Tarlton 
Thomas Marden 
Israel Marden 
Thomas Cotton, jun. 
John Bennett 
Stephen Bennett 
Elias Tarlton t Sen. 
Joseph Lang-don 



John Edmonds 
Province of New Hampshire : 

In tne House of Representatives, May 10, 1764. This Petition being- 
read, Voted, That the prayer thereof be granted & that the Petitioner* 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly. 
In Council, JanJ' i3' h 1765. 
Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson, jun. Sec*". 



SALEM. 

[This Town formerly belonged to Methuen District, and appears to 
have been incorporated as a District in 1741-42, but not as a Town un- 
til 11 May, 1750 (1). It was cut off, when the line was established, from 
the Towns of Methuen and Dracut.] 



Petition of Inhabitants of Methuen, 1741. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq r and the Hon bu 

Council of the Province of New Hampshire. 

This Prayer of your humble Petitioners show, That, 
Whereas there has been a Petition lodged with your Secretary 
by Messrs. Henry Sanders and Benjamin Corning for a Town- 
ship in that part of Methuen which has lately fallen into New 
Hampshire, with the westerly part of Haverhill as described 
in said Petition : This is the prayer of your Petitioners that 
said Petition be granted. 

Jan y 28 th 1741-2. 

Samuel Currier Joseph Rite 

Richard Kimball Richard Carlton 

Samuel Parker Edward Carlton 



(1) See Prov. Pap. Vol. V. p. 183, &c, and Vol. VI. pp. 13, 131, &c. Ed. 



TOWN PAPERS — SALEM. 



745 



Daniel Curey 
Bengaman Hilton 
Benony Rowl 
John Rowl 
Samuel Rowl 
Benony Rowl, jun 
Josiah Rowl 
Timothv Swan 
Seth Patsy 
Richard Patey 
David Sanders • 
Israel Young 
Jonathan Wheeler 
Abraham Ames 
Bengaman Wheeler 
Stephen Wheeler 
Nathan Wheeler 
Jonathan Wheeler, jun 
John Gill mo r 
John Coffran 
John Amy ? 
John Loul 
Richard Dow 
David Louel ■ 
Daniel Pensha 
Richard Kally 
Abiel Kally 



Timothy Johnson 
William Johnson 
David Dow 
Nathaniel Dow 
Josiah Clough 
Abel Asten 
Jonathan Corlis 
Peter Youring 
Joseph Pesely X mark. 
Isaac Clough 
Ebnezer Ayer 
John Hall 
Robert Ellenwood 
Jonathan Woodbery 
Nathaniel Woodbery 
Samuel Giles 
Ebenezer Woodbery 
John Giles 
John Ober 
John Ober, jun 
Oliver Sanders 
Joseph Sanders 
John Page 
Samuel Sanders 
William Sanders 
Timothy Sanders 



Petition of Methuen for redress of grievances as to taxes. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 1 " Captain General 

and Governour-in-chief in and over his Majesties Province 

of New Hampshire, 

May it please your Excellency : — 

The humble request of your Petitioners, Skeweth — That 
whereas your Excellency and Counsel have been pleased to 
erect a District in that part of Methuen and Dracut lately 
fallen into New Hampshire, according to which the Inhabit- 
ants of said District as Incorporated by your Excellency have 
assembled and chose officers according to your Instructions, 
and levied the Province taxes ; and inasmuch as your Peti- 
tioners who live in that part of said Methuen which is adja- 
cent to Londonderry or Windhrm, are likewise taxed by said 
Derry or Windham officers and s ! Deny or Windham consta- 
ble or Collector has forcibly taken away a considerable quan- 
tity of our valuable goods and carried them orf under pre- 
tence that it was for our Rates towards support of the govern- 
ment, though we have paid our Proportion of Province taxes 
already to our Constable, therefore your Petitioners humbly 
pray that your Excellency would be pleased to take some eifect- 
ual method to prevent such disorders for the time to come 



"""" " " 



-f 



To the Selectmen of Londonderry 
or the Parish of Windham. 



Thec 1 Atkinson, Sec^. 



Sent by Mr. John Ober, 
the day above s d . 



Petition for a Parish, 1743. 

To his Excelleney Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor & Com- 
mand' in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hamp r the Hon' 1 ' 2 his Majesty's Council & House of Repre- 
sentatives in Gen 1 Assembly convened, June 25, 1743. 
The Humble Petition of John Ober & Daniel Peasely as a 

Committee in behalf of the Inhabitants of a place called Me- 

thuen in said Province, S/ieivs : — 

That the said Inhabitants are in an unsettled state & condi- 
tion r not being within any Parish or Town, nor having any 
Power or authority to raise money for the support of the Mia- 



746 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

and to redress our grievances, and likewise that your Excel- 
lency would be pleased to take some care that we may be put 
into a capacity for the support of the Ministry which is in 
Danger of being obstructed by reason. of our unsettled pos- 
ture ; and likewise that we may be enabled to carry on our 
other affairs. 

Thus Pray your Petitioners. 

Methuen, Desember y e 25 : 1742. 1 

Henry Sanders Malachi Coming 

Eben r Woodbery Robert Ellenwood 

Nath ! Woodbery John Hall 

John Giles Jonathan Woodbery 

Timothy Sanders William Sanders 

John Ober Oliver Sanders. 1 

Benj* Corning. 



Letter from T/ieo. Atkinson Esq. to Selectmen of London- 
derry & Windham, 1742. 

Portsmouth, Dec. 28"* 1742. 
Gentlemen— 

It has been represented by some of the Inhabitants on the District of 
Methuen, as settled by Act of the Gen 1 Assembly that the Constables 
of London Derry have levied the Province taxes on s 1 Inhabitants, 
who had before paid their Province tax to the officer chosen by said 
District; — a copy of said representation you have herewith sent you for 
your Government: 

I am therefore by his Excellency's order to advise you to return the 
said Taxes so levied to the respective persons, from whom they have 
been taken, unless they have heretofore been rated to your Town or 
Parrish, as the contrary behaviour may tend to create disorder & con- 
fusion in the Government. 



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TOWN PAPERS SALEM. 747 

istry, Schools & other necessary charges among them, for want 
of which they are involved in many Difficulties which are too 
obvious to need a particular enumeration : 

That what was done by this Government as to making of 
Districts having relation to the Province tax only, could be no 
Relief to the said Inhabitants in Regard of the Difficulties 
above referr'd to, had that regulation continued, and as they 
have & shall always cheerfully contribute their proportion to- 
wards the support of the Government to which they belong, 
they are encouraged to hope for & depend on the justice of 
this Government to grant them those aids which are necessary 
to their subsistence & well being, & by virtue whereof they will 
be the better Enabled to pay their part of the Public Taxes : 

That they have been now a long time in this uncomfortable 
situation and can't possibly any longer support y Gospel Min- 
istry among them under their present circumstances, &live too 
remote from any Town or Parish to enjoy it with them. 

Wherefore, your Petitioners in behalf of their principals 
most humbly pray that they may be Incorporated into a Parish 
or Precinct by the following Boundaries: viz. Beginning at 
the East End of a Pond commonly called & known by the 
name of the Captain's Pond, & from thence to Run to the late 
dwelling house of one Richard Petty now deceased, upon a 
strait line, and from thence to the North part of Pollicy Pond 
so called, & so running by said pond to the South West part 
thereof, and then on a West course until it comes to Dracut Line 
& then by Dracut Line till it comes to the Province Line & so 
running by that till it comes to the place first mentioned : and 
invested with the usual Parish Powers & Privileges within this 
Province, and your Petitionors, as in duty bound shall ever 
pray, &c. 

John Ober 
Daniel Peasely. 

In the House of Representatives, June 25, 1743. 

The within Petition read, & Voted that the Petitioners serve the Se- 
lectmen of Windham (forth with) with a coppyof this Petition and the 
Votes thereon, and that they appeare Thursday the Seventh of July next 
(to shew cause if any, why the Prayer of the Petition may not be 
granted) and if the General* Assembly be not then sitting-, then to ap- 
peare the third day of the sitting of the Gen ! Assembly at their next 
sessions; and that the Constables & Collectors of Windham do not 
make distress for any Rates or Taxes : Except for the Province tax, un- 
til after the hearing above intended. 

James Jeffrey, Cler. Ass" 
In Council, July 2, 1743. 

Read & concurr'd. 

Theodore Atkinson, Seer. 
Eodem die — Assented to 

B. Wentworth. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition of Part of Metkuen to be a Township, i74^* 
To his Excellency the Governor and the Honorable Council 
of the Province of New Hampshire : 
The humble Petition of us the subscribers, sheiveth : 
That whereas the Inhabitants of the District of Methuen, 
viz. those who are included within rhe following lines, that is 
to say, Beginning where the Line between the Province of 
New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Bay crosses the Ancient 
line between Haverhill and Methuen, from thence Northwest- 
erly upon s' 1 Line to about 2] miles, to a Red Oak tree marked, 
from thence westerly to the North East end of Pollicy Pond, 
so called, from thence thro' s ' Pond to the westerly end of s 1 
Pond, from thence westerly to Dracut Line so called, from 
thence Southerly upon Dracut Line to the above s' 1 Line be- 
tween the Provinces, from thence upon s : Province line to the 
bounds first mentioned; Those Inhabitants included in the 
abovs 1 Lines have been at charges. in erecting a meeting House 
and settling a Minister, and are commodiously situated to at- 
tend the worship of God in s' 1 District : And whereas the In- 
habitants included in s ; Lines consist of but about Forty-five 
Families, who are of a different Perswasion from the Inhabit- 
ants of Windham, they being Presbyterians and we being Con- 
gregationalists — 

We therefore your Petitioners pray that there may be a 
Township erected according to the above mentioned bounda- 
ries which boundaries are inclusive of us the subscribers and 
your Petitioners shall ever pray. 
Meth :i District, 



April 4, 1746. 

Peter Merrill 
Eben r Woodbery 
William Sanders 
Josiah Clough 
Moses Morgan 
John Hall 
John Hill 

Jonathan Woodbery 
Robert Corgel 
Isaac Clough 
John Ober 
Joseph Peaslee 
Oliver Sanders 
Benj* Corning 
Sam 1 Sanders. 
Daniel Peaslee 



NauV Dow 
Abiall Pittman 
Nathaniel Woodbery 
Richard Kimball 
Samuel Currier 
Samuel Parker 
Oliver Kimball 
Rapha Hall 
Josiah Emerson 
John Merrill 
Isaac Clough, jun. 
Henry Sanders 
Robert Elmwood 
John Ober, jun. 
John Giles. 



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TOWN PAPERS — SALEM. 749 

Petition in relation to taxes, 1^46. 
Province of 1 To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq T 
New Hamp r } Governor and Commander in chief in and 
over his Majesty's Province of New Hamp- 
shire, the Honorable his Majesty's Council & 
House of Representatives in General As- 
sembly convened, the second day of Decem- 
ber, Anno Domini 1746. 
The Petition of Daniel Peasley Esqr. & John Ober, Inhab- 
itants of that part of Methuen so called, that lyeth in this 
Province in behalf of sundry Inhabitants therein, most humbly 
shews : That by virtue of the District Act so called, they have 
rated sund ry Persons and their Estates to pay their Province 
Rates there, and also that the same Persons and their estates 
are claimed by the Parish of Windham in s 1 Province, and 
there rated to pay their Province Rates ; — whereby they are 
twice rated ; which lays such persons under a great burden 
and difficulty, and that the s : persons and their Estates pay ail 
their other Rates to Methuen afore s d : Wherefore your Peti- 
tioners most humbly pray your Excellency and honours to 
order that such persons and their Estates may pay their Prov- 
ince Rates to Methuen only, & your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound shall ever pray, &c. 

Daniel Peasle 
John Ober. 
In Council. December the 5 tS 1746. 
Read & ordered to be sent down. 

Theo d Atkinson, Sec? 



Petition for a Township, 1749* 
To his Excellency the Governour, the Honourable his Majes- 
ties Council of the Province of New Hampshire: 
The Petition of us the subscribers Inhabitants of the Dis- 
trict of jSIethr.en, shczvcth — 

That notwithstanding the care of this Government in form- 
ing of us into a District, and notwithstanding those Inhabit- 
ants of Windham who used to pay Taxes to Methuen are by 
special Act of Court obliged still to do it; yet since a Num- 
ber of of those who were formerly of our Society continue in 
the Massachusetts-Bay Government, and since the Act of form- 
ing us Into a District is but temporary, it appears to us im- 
practicable for us to fix a settled support upon the Rev d Abner 
Bayley our Minister for the time to come, both upon account 
of our small number and upon account of our District 
being but a temporary settlement ; which makes him in- 



750 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



dulge tho'ts of a removal from among us ; for having 
carried on the work of the Ministry among us for near ten 
years past without any such fixed support, now calls upon us 
to settle affairs with him, which we ought to do, otherwise 
must expect that he will remove from among us. Further, 
that since a number of the Inhabitants of the westerly End of 
the District of Haverhill are very conveniently situated to joyn 
with us, from which considerations your Petitioners humbly 
pray — That a Township may be incorporated out of the Dis- 
trict of Methuen with such an addition out of the Westerly 
end of the District of Haverhill as may be sufficient to support 
the Gospel among us and carry on our other Town affairs. 

And your Petitioners shall ever pray. 

Meth. District, Jan. i, 1749. 

Daniel Massey Richard Kimball 

Israel Young John Page 

Barney Rowell, jun. Jacob Beetel 

John Rowell John Beetel 

Josiah Rowell ' Timothy Beetel 

Joseph Sanders John Merrill 

Sam' Sanders John Hastinges 

Samuell Rowell Nathaniel Merrill 

Joseph Peaslee Robert Corgil 

Ebenezer Aver Joshua Bayley 

Richard Kelly Josiah Emerson 

Daniel Peaslee Samuel Currier 

John Bayley Rapha Hall 

Peter Merril Josiah Clough. 



Letter Jrom Daniel Peaslee to Thomas Packer, JSsg r 

Sir — When I was at your House I desired that you would represent 
our difficult cirumstances to his Excellency and Council and endeavor 
to obtain a Township by taking part of Haverhill District and that the 
Line should be Southeast from the South Easterly Corner of London 
Derry being a Red Oak near the widow Patee's Corn Mill; however 
having more fully examined that Line rind that it will extend too far 
Easterly upon the Line between the Provinces, for having drawn a 
Plan which I herewith send you, the Easterly line of which is South 
Twenty three Degrees East from the above said Tree, but upon scaning 
this Plan find that this is as much too little as the other was too much, 
and accordingly should be oblig'd tc you if you would use your endeav- 
ours that the above said Line should be from the above said Tree, 
South Thirty four Degrees East. What we aim at and desire to have 
are those Inhabitants that were by the settlement of the Massachusetts 
Bay Government, but are cut off by the Province Line, of Mr. Bach- 
ellers Parish. 

Sir — I herewith transmit to you a Petition of Sundry of the Inhabit- 
ants of Methuen District to be laid before the Governour and Council 
and as this represents our small number so we desire that all those who 
have been of late years obliged to pay taxes to the support of the min- 
istry Sic. to Methuen District, whose number is but small, together 



TOWN PAPERS — SALEM. 75 1 

with those Inhabitants on the westerly end of Haverhill as above 
Specified should be incorporated into a Township : Sir, we are ignorant 
whether any thing further will be necessary; for which reason we 
should be obliged to you, if you will send up if any thing is. Sir, — 
Excuse this Trouble, Your endeavors to serve us will lay a fresh obli- 
gation upon this People and more especially upon 
Your Humble Servant, 

Daniel Peaslee, 
Methuen District, 
Jan. 24, 1749. 
To Thomas Packer, Esq. 

[The Plans above referredjto may be found in MS. Town Papers, VoL 
VI. pp. 173-183. Ed.] 



Petition for redress of grievances, 1756. 
To his Excellency the Governor, The Honourable his Majes- 
ty's Council, Sl the House of Representatives in General 
Court assembled : 

The Humble Petition of us the Subscribers, Shezueth — 
That your Petitioners formerly Inhabitants of the District 
of Methuen now of Salem were included in Windham & s d 
District at the same time, and accordingly were taken in both 
valuations for Windham & Methuen District but obliged by 
Act to pay Province taxes to Windham, which we did pay in 
the years 1743, 1744, 1745, 1746, 1747, 1748, 1749, 1750, 
1 75 1 j x 75 2 ' f° r which years there are arrears due from the 
District afores 1 to the Province which by Act of Court are to 
be paid in the years 1755 & 1756; but no arrears due from 
Windham, — but we being since included in Salem are taxed 
to s d arrears due from the District a r ores d , by which means 
your petitioners are greatly injured in the Premises. 

Therefore your Petitioners humbly pray that the aboves d 
difficulties may be removed & your Petitioners redressed in 
« d grievances & your Petitioners shall ever pray. 
Salem, Feb. 2, 1756. 
John Ober Eben r Woodbery 

John Dinsmoor Andrew Balch 

Robert Spear Samuel Armor 

Oliver Kimball Joseph Merrill 

Israel Ober Gerg. Corning 

Timothv Sanders John Corning 

John Hall Joseph Hull 

John Ober, jun. John Hall, y* third. 

Robert Ellinwood 

In Council, Feb? 25 th 1756. 
Read & order'd to be sent down to the Hon bl House 
Theod. Atkinson, Sec*. 



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Province of 1 In the House of Representatives, Feb? 26, 1756. 
New Hamp r / This Petition being read, Voted, That the prayer of j* 
Petition be granted, & That the Petitioners be exempted 
from paying any arrears of Province Tax to Salem before the year 
1753, it appearing they had paid their Province Tax to Windham. 

Andrew Clarkson, Clk. 
In Council, Feb? 27 th 1756. 
Read & concurr'd 

Theodore Atkinson, Sec*" 
Eodem Die, consented to. 

B. Wentworth. 



Certificate. 

Province of \ Windham, Jan? 28, 1756. 

New Hampshire J These may Certify whom it may concern that we 
the under subscribers having been Constables for the 
Parish of Windham from its rirst incorporation untill the year 1752, 
and have in our several terms of serving Received the Province Tax 
from every person assessed in the Lists committed to us that then lived 
within the original Bounds of Windham, as witness our hands. 

James Gilmore, in 1743 
David Gregg, in 1744 
Alex 1 Park, in 1745 

John Kyle, in 1746 

John Vance, in 1747 

Joseph Waugh, in 1748 
Francis Smylie, in 1749 
William Thorn, in 1753 



A List of the men that served as Constables in Windham % 
since it -was first Incorporated untill the year 1752. 

Nath 1 Hemphill, in 1742 Joseph Waugh, in 1748 

James Gillmore, in • 1743 Francis Smylie, in 1749 

David Gregg, in 1744 Daniel Clyd", in 1750 

Alexander Park, in 1745 Joseph Clyd, in 1751 

John Kyle, in 1746 William Thorn, in 1752 

John Vance, in 1747 



Another Petition for redress* &c. 
To his Excellency the Governor, the Hon bl his Majesty's 

Council & house of Representatives in General Court 

assembled. 

The Humble Petition of us y e subscribers, shezueth 

That your Petitioners Inhabitants of Salem paid our Pro- 
portion of the Province Taxes to Windham in those several 
years in which the District of Mcthucn were not taxed to the 
Province, & that the Selectmen of Salem for the year past 
taxed us to the said District Province Rate laid upon s fl Dis- 
trict upon Ace' of arrears due from them, by which means 



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TOWN PAPERS SALISBURY. 753 

your Petitioners are injured in the Premises ; your Petitioners 
therefore pray that you will be pleased to give order that your 
Petitioners should be eased in the Premises & your Petitioners 
shall ever pray. 

Salem, July 5 ;h , 175^- 
Sam ! Crowd Israel Woodbery 

Jon a Morgan James Twoddel 

Nath 1 Woodberry Joshua Thorndike 

Edward Bay ley John Ashby 

Jon' Woodbery William Sanders 

William Leech Abial Barker 

John Giles Hugh Campall 

Council, October 13, 1756. 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon bl ~ House. 
Theo. Atkinson Sec>'. 
Province of \ In the House of Representatives, Octo r I4' h , 1756. 
New Hamp T / The within Petition being read, Ordered, That the Pe- 
titioners be heard on said Petition on the third day of 
the sitting of the General Assembly next after the first day of Nov 1 ' 
next ensuing & that the Petitioners at their own cost& charge cause the 
Selectmen of Salem in said Province to be served with a copy of said Peti- 
tion & this order of Court thereon, to appear & shew cause if any they 
have, why the prayer thereof should not be granted. 

Andrew Clarkson, Clk. 

In Council, Eod 71 die 

Read & concurr'd (A true copy) 

Theodore Atkinson, Sec?. 



SALISBURY. 



[Salisbury was originally granted by Massachusetts and was known 
by the name of Bakers-Town. It was afterwards granted by the Maso- 
nian proprietors, 2$ lh October 1749, and was then called Stevens-Town 
from Col. Ebenezer Stevens, a distinguished citizen of Kingston, many 
years a representative of that Town. It was incorporated by Charter 
from the government of New Hampshire, March i sc 1768, when it took 
the name of Salisbury; it originally included that part of Franklin 
which lies west of the Merrimack river. Ed.] 



A guard provided for Salisbury as a frontier town, (i) 

Province of )At a Special Convention of the members of the Gen* 
New Hamp r j Assembly at Portsmouth on the 22'- 1 day of Aug'- 1754 
in pursuance of an order from his Excellency the Gov- 
ernor, to the Sheriff of s a Province to summon the Members to Meet, 
as on file : 

Whereas his Excellency the Governor by his Message of the twenty- 
first Instant takes notice of sundry Hostilities committed upon sundry 

(1) See Prov. Tap. Vol. VI. pp. 2G, 27, 296-309. ED. 

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754 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

of his Majesty's subjects at a place called Stevens-Town within this 
Province by Indians (suppos'd to be of the St. Francis Indians) and 
that the Inhabitants on the Frontier are much exposed and so put in 
fear, that they stand in. need of Protection and help : — Therefore it is 
agreed upon* by the members of the House of Representatives that 
there be the number of sixty men enlisted or Impress'd (and his Excel- 
lency is hereby desired to give orders for the enlists or Impress y l num- 
ber) for the protection and defence of the Frontiers, not exceeding the 
space of two months, and that the allowance for their pay subsistence 
and amunition be the same as at the latter end of the last Indian War, 
and in order for a fund therefor, it is further agreed that there be so 
much of the Bills of Credit of y« Interest of the Twenty-five Thous- 
and Pounds loan in the hands of the Treasurer, borrowed as will be 
sufficient for the same; and that for the Replacing the same in the 
Treasury it is further agreed, That there be a tax layd on the Polls and 
Estates within this Province agreeable to the last proportion to be payd 
by the 30'^ day of Decemb 1- 1755, and that there shall be a Tax Bill for 
that end as soon as the Gen 1 Assembly shall be in a condition to act in 
a legislative capacity. 

Meshech Weare, Speaker. 



Petition for aid in settling Salisbury. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq r Capt. General, 
Governor <& Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties 
Province of New Hampshire, and to the Hon ble his Majes- 
ties Council and House of Representatives in General court 
Assembled : 

The Petition of the Proprietors & Settlers of a Tract of 
Land in the Province afores d comonly called Steve?zs- Tow7i, 
humbly Shcxeth : 

That the s d Proprietors have been at great expence in set- 
tling s e Tract & encourageing the same, and in the late Wars 
have been at considerable cost to defend the same by Building- 
a fort thereon & paying soldiers to keep the same, even at our 
own private expence ; and there are now many families settled 
and many more settling ; We have also Built a Saw Mill & 
are building a grist Mill, & yet there are costly duties to be 
performed, such as the building a Meeting-house, settling a 
Minister &c. And the s d Petitioners being in no capacity to 
raise money for the Defraying these & other incidental charges ; 
We, therefore Humbly pray that your Excellency & Honours 
will be pleas'd to add to our cost & labour this further encour- 
agement to settle the waste lands, viz. To make an Act ac- 
cording to yo\ir Excelly's & Honours Wisdom that will enable 
the s d Proprietors & settlers to raise moneys for the carrying 
on their settlement & defraying other Necessary charges that 



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TOWN PAPERS— SANBORKTTON. 755 

i 
may arise for the future ; And so your Petitioners shall as in 
duty bound ever pray. &c. 

Trueworthy Lad, 
In behalf & by order of the Proprietors and settlers. 
June the 12 th day, 1765. * j 

In Council, June 20 th 1765. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon b,e Assembly. 
T. Atkinson jun. Sec?. 

Province of 1 j th House of Representatives, June 20 th 1765. 
New IIamp r j r J 

This Petition being read, Voted, That the Prayer thereof be granted 
so far as that the Petitioner have liberty to bring in a bill accordingly. 

A. Clarkson, Clerk. 

In Council, Eod m die 
Read & concurr'd. 

T. Atkinson, jun. Secy. 



SANBORNTON. 



[Sanbornton was granted by the Masonian proprietors, in 174S, to 
several persons of the name of Sanborn, and others; and was settled 
in 1765 and 1766 by John Sanborn, David Duston, Andrew Rowen and 
others. It was incorporated, March 1, 1770. Rev. Joseph Woodman 
was ordained their minister in November, 1771, when there were about 
fifty families in town. Ed.] 

Petition to be exempted from taxation. 

Sanborn Town, January y e 8 th 1768. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth, Esq. Captain General, 
Governor & Commander in Chief, in & over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire, in New England : 
The Humble Petition of y e Inhabitants of Sanborn Town : 
We, the Inhabitants of this Town, Promicing our selves 
your Excellency'^ Protection, Both in our Public & Private in- 
terests, Humbly beg y e Liberty of Declaring to your Excel- 
lency, y e Present Condition of this infant Town, which is as 
followeth, viz : We have thirty-two Familys in Town, & a 
number more we expect will sone move in, & we doubt not 
But that in a few years we shall if Prospered, be a flourishing 
Town, able to support our familys, and be a help to y e Pub- 
lick, But at Present we are under a necessity of going to other 
Towns for meny things to support our selves and our Cattle 
which are but very few, y u time Being so very short since we 
moved into Town, there Being no more than seven familys 



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that have Been in Town so long as two years, & they were 
Poor People that mov'd in for y u sake of Cetching a few fish to 
support their familys ; many of us have Been here But one 
year & some not so long, our Land is very heavy to clear & 
after it is clear* 1 & affords us a considerable Crop of indian 
Corn it is next to imposable to Plow the Land for some years 
by Reson of y" stumps & Roots ; there hath Been But a very 
few acres ever Plow d in Town, not more then six or seven men 
that have Plow d any •& on y- whole it is not without a great 
deal of Difficulty that we Bring y e year about. Being obliged 
to spend on the Store we had Before we moved up, those that 
had any & those that had not, to Run in debt many of us or be 
beholden to friends, which cant we humbly conceive be thought 
strange considering that this was all a wilderness so very 
lately. 

Now with submission to your Excellency's Pleasure, our 
humble Petition is, that your Excellency would Consider our 
Sircumstances & Release us from paving any tax for a Little 
time: — your Excellency granting which we Humbly con- 
ceive will be an advantage, not only to your humble Petition- 
ers But also to the Publick as it will enable us to make the 
greater Progress in clearing our farms & so of consequence to 
Pay y ' greater tax which at present could be but very small, 
having but a Litde to pay for. 

We remain your Loyal humble servants 



James Cates 
Thomas Sender 
John Gale 
John Samborn 
Josiah Samborn 
Winthrop Hoit 
William Kineston 
Satchel Clark 
Cele Weeks 
Daniel Lary 
Aaron Samborn 
David Dustin 
Jonathan Smith 
Josiah Kentheld 
"Jacob Smith 
Jonathan Thomas 



Edward Kelly 
Daniel Samborn 
Benjamin Samborn 
Eben r Morrison 
Thomas Gilman 
Benjamin Darling 
Nath 1 Burley 
John Folsom 
Jon u Lary 
Solomon Cope 
Sam ! Shepard 
Moses Dantbrth 
Andrew Roen 
John Gipson 
Sam 1 Smith 
Philip Hunt 
Dan 1 Fifield. 



Thomas Lyford 

'fNoTE. The above names are mostly written by one hand : which 
may account for the spelling of Sanborn, uniformly with an m. Ed.] 



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TOWN PAPERS SANBORNTON. 757 

Petition for Incorporation. 
Province of New Hampshire. 
•To his Excellency, John Wentworth, Esq r Captain General, 
Governor & Commander in Chief of the Province afore- 
said, In Council. 
The Petition of Joseph Hoit of Stratham & his Associates, 
humbly she-Met h : 

That your petitioners being agents for, & interested in the 
Township of Sanborn (so called) in which there are upwards 
of Forty Familys settled, who are very desirous of being in- 
corporated into a Town, for many good reasons, humbly re- 
quest your Excellency & Honours to grant them that privilege 
by a Charter of Incorporation as usual, and your petitioners as 
in Duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 

Joseph Hoit 
Josiah Sanburn. 
Portsm i March 1770. 



Petition for the appointment of a jfustice of the Peace. 

Province of I To his Excellency John Wentworth, Esq r 
New Hampshire j Captain General, Governor & Commander 
in Chief in & over his Majesty's Province 
of New Hampshire, In Councill. 

The humble Petition of the Subscribers, Proprietors of the 
Town of Sanbornton in said Province Sheweth : — 

That your Petitioners humbly conceive that it would be 
greatly for the Benefit of the Inhabitants as well as the Pro- 
prietors of said Town to have one of the Inhabitants of said 
Town Comissionated as a Justice of the Peace there, and hav- 
ing understood that the Inhabitants have already petitioned 
your Excellency that Daniel Sandborn Esq r of that Town may 
be Appointed by your Excellency to that honourable Place, 
We begg Leave to join them in the said request and Pray your 
Excellency to appoint him accordingly (and do heartily recom- 
mend him as the most suitable Person for keeping and Pro- 
moting Peace & Concord amongst the said Inhabitants). And 
your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c. 

July 10 th 1771. 

Sam 1 Folsom Abraham Perkins 

Joseph Hoit David Fogg 

Theophilus Rundlet, jun. Jonathan Rawlings 

Jethro Person Joseph Smith 

Edward Taylor William Chase, jun 

Josiah Folsom Samuel Fogg 

John Fogg Jeremiah Sanborn 



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758 



John Taylor 
David Burly 
Joseph Clark 
Ezra Barker 
Josiah Sanborn 
Josiah Dearbon 
John Dearbon 
Daniel Hoit . 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



John Folsom 
Eben r Samborn 
Jonathan Jewett 
Jacob Jewett 
John Sanborn 
Joseph Hoit, jun. 
John Hopkinson. 



SHELBURNE. 

[As early as 1775, David and Benjamin Ingalls commenced a settle- 
ment at Shelburne, and not long afterwards several families were added. 
The town was not incorporated until December 13, 1820. Ed.] 

Petition of Daniel Rindge, Esq x 
Province of New Hampshire : 

To his Excellency, John Wentworth, Esq 1 * Governor in 
Chief in & over said Province The Hon bl his Majesty's 
Council in s d Province, in Council convened 25 th May, 
1770. 
The Humble Petition of Daniel Rindge of Portsmouth in 
said Province, Esq f in behalf of himself and the other Propri- 
etors of Shelburne in said Province, Skezvetk : 

That the Township of said Shelburne is very mountainous 
and Rockey, by means whereof a considerable Part of the 
same is and ever will be useless to the said Proprietors. 
Wherefore, your Petit 01 " humbly prays, in behalf of himself and 
said Proprietors, that your Excellency and Honors wou'd be 
pleased to make them an additional Grant of Land agreeable 
to the Plan herewith exhibited, or in any other manner thought 
advisable, and your Petition 1- shall ever pray. 

Daniel Rindge. 
Granted 4 th of July, 1770. 



TOWN PAPERS — SOCIETY-LAND. 



759 



SOCIETY-LAND. 

[Incorporated 14 th January, 1774 (1). Ed.] 

Petition for Incorporation. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth, Esq. Captain General, 
Governor & Commander in chief in & over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire & Vice Admiral of the same 
&c. the Honourable his Majestv's Council & House of Rep- 
resentatives in General Assembly convened. 
The Petition of the subscribers, Inhabitants on that part of 
that Tract of Land known by the Name of the Society Land, 
Humbly Skew : — That we are Purchasors from the Purchas- 
sion^of John Tufton Mason Esq~' Patent, and have not Legal 
Authority to oblige any person to support the Gospel, Nor to 
Build Mills or Bridges, or clear Roads &c. & must either Live 
without all these- great Privileges, or a few men beat the whole 
expence, which will ruin their families. 

Therefore your Petitioners Humbly Pray your Excellency & 
Honors to Incorporate the Tract of Land hereafter described 
into a Township, with Town privileges, (viz.) Beginning at 
the North West Corner of Francestown, from thence East to 
the Township of Weare, from thence North to the Township 
of Henniker. from thence West Bounding partly on Henniker, 
<& partly on Hillsborough six miles, from thence South to the 
first bounds mentioned : & your Petitioners as in Duty Bound 
will ever pray, &c. 

Society Land, April 26 th 1773. 
William Forsith Ephraim Abbot 

James Grames Neniah Aiken 

Asa Dresser William McKeen 

David Wilson John Wiley 

Benj a Bradford William Robson 

Thomas Aiken John Bayls 

Joseph Mills Francis Grames 

William Aiken John Lvon 

Robert Mills Samuel Paten 

William Farson 
Nathanel Sweeter 



(1) See Prov. Pap. Vol. VII. p. U. Ed. 



760 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



SOMERSWORTH. 



[Somersworth was formerly a part of Dover; it was made a Parish^ 
Dec. 19, 1729. and incorporated April 22', 1754. The settlement was. 
probably be^un as early as 1650, by William Wentworth, John Hall„ 
Wm. Stiles and others. Ed.] 

of all the Train Souldiers in the? 
Sumersworth, under cofrfd of Tho* 
rd, Capt. arc as follow eth, viz. 



T , ^ A true list 

J IP'] Parish of 



Sergt. John Ricker 

Serg. Philip Stackpole 

Serg. Thomas Tebbets 

Serg. William Wentworth 

Corpo Ebenezer Garland 

Corpo Samuel Joanes 

Corpo Samuel Rendall 

Thomas Stevens j _ 
_...., > Drumr3 

Richard Gorden S 

Samuel Downs 

Ebenr Wentworth 

Joseph Wentworth 

John Mason 

Joseph Ilussey 

John Hall 

Daniel Goodin 

Samuel Hall 

James Hall 

Benja Wentworth 

Ephraim Rickets 

Melurin Rickera 

Abram. Mimmey 

Samuel Nock 

Eleazr Wyer 

Henry Nock 

Thomas Tebbets jun 

Benja Twcmbly 

Ezekiel Wentworth 

Ebenr Roberts 

Thomas Wentworth 

George Rickera, Ter. 

James Kiney 

Robert Cole 

Benja Stanton 

James Clements 

Moses Tebbets 

Saml Wentworth 

John Vicker 

John Lebrock 

Samul Austin 

Benja Austin 

Edward Eliot 

George Rickers, jun. 

Samuel Wentworth, jun 



Jonathan Wentworth, juix 
Nathl Nock 
Jonathan Merrow 
Ebenr Heard 
John Wentworth 
Hatevil Roberts 
William Hanson 
Benja Roberts 
Lemeul Perkins 
Drisco Noek 
William Stackpole 
James Foy 
Joseph Varney, jun 
Elipha. Cromuel 
Daniel Smith 
Meturin Rickers 
Benja Heard 
James Stackpole 
John Crilland 
Isaac Hanson 
Daniel Hanson 
Richard Philpott 
John Su'.evant 
Saml Allien 
Edward Allien 
John Muzert 
Samnel Wavmouth' 
James Nock 
I.ane Roberts, jun 
Ichabod Rawlins 
Ebear Down*, jun 
John Rickers, jun 
Joshua Roberts 
Ter ah Sprage 
Daniel Libbee 
Neal Vickers 
Dodepber Garland 
Richard Goodin, jua 
Benja Warren 
Samuel Roberts 
Francis Roberts 
Saml Downs, jun 
Saml. Jones, jun. 
Joseph Hussey, junu 



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TOWN PAPERS SOMERSWORTH. *j6l 

Ebenr Roberts, jun. Tristram Heard 

Job Clements jnn William Chad wick 

John Ferall William Downs 

Zebn Coason Peter Cooke 

Elipha. Randall John Downs 

Mark Wentworth, Noah Cro63 
Joseph Richardson 

A true List as Attest d by ms. Total 101. 



Petition for Tovj?i Priviledges, 1743- 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Captain General 
and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in New England, and to the Hon- 
ourable his Majesties Council and the Honourable the 
House of Representatives for the Province afores' 1 in Gen- 
eral Assembly convened : 

The Humble Petition of the Freeholders & Inhabitants of 
the Parish of Summersworth within the s a Province humbly 
sheweth : — 

That the s d Parish being sett off a seperate Parish by an Act 
of the General Assembly made and passed in the third year 
of his present Majesty's Reign whereby the Inhabitants of s' 1 
Parish are invested with all the Powers and Priviledges of a 
Parish as to maintain an Orthodox Gospel Minister their poore 
and School and to choose all Parish officers, now the growing 
charge of maintaining the minister, poore and school and 
other necessary charges arising insomuch that the Rates for 
this present year are six shillings & Eight pence on the head 
or four pence per pound in the new Tenor which makes the 
taxes very high, and our Numbers being small, also the Land 
not taken up is so mean that there is but little probability of 
our numbers increasing, as also that when we have chosen a 
Collector to gather the Parish Assessment & he having served 
in that troublesome office hath beene Re-chosen by the Town 
of Dover as Constable, which office he hath been»Obliged to 
serve in or otherwise to pay his fine, and also if any person 
that was chosen by s 1 Parish as Collector and Refused to serve 
there was no Law to compel him to pav his fine : — Wherefore 
to Remedy the above Grievances your Humble Petitioners 
Humbly Pray that your Excellency and Honours would be 
pleased By an Act of General Assembly to Invest us with the 
priviledges and Powers of a Town, and a small matter to eu- 
large our Boundaries according or near our first Petition : viz. 
To begin at a place in Quocheco River called the Gulf and 
from thence on a Straight Line to "the southern side of Var- 
ney's Great Hill, and from thence to rim on a North West 



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point of the Compass to the end of the Township and your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray. 
Dover, May 19 th 1743. 



Paul Wentworth 
Gershom Wentworth 
William Wentworth 
Moses Stevens 
Thomas Miller 
■Saml Randal 
Ezekiel Wentworth 
John Wentworth 
Loue Roberts 
Philip Yetton 
I*ane Roberts 
Joseph Ricker 
John Ricker 
Samuel Wint worth 
Jeremiah Rawlings 
James Clement 
John Sullivan 
Ephraiin Wentworth 
Garshom Dowens 
Thomas Dowens 
John Downs 
John Drew 
Moses Carr 
Thomas Nock 
Na'hanel Nock 
Benja Twombly 
John Ricker 



Nathaniel Ricker 
Phinias Ricker 
John Robertes 
Daniel Smith 
Ebenezer Robearts 
Alexander Robarts 
Richard Downs 
Silvanus Nock 
Samuel Nock 
Benja Wamyorth 
Daniel Goodin 
James Hobba 
Richard Goodin 
Jonathan Merrow 
Daniel Plumer 
Benja Mason 
John Mason 
Saml Walton 
Joshua Stakpole 
George Ricker 
William Stakpole 
Joseph Wentworth 
Samuel Stakpole 
Joshua Robards, junr 
Philip Stakpole 
Samuel Downs 



In the House of Representatives, December 1, 1743. 

The within Petition read, and voted That the petitioners at their cost 
serve the Select men of Dover with a coppv of the Petition and votes 
thereon, and that they appeare before v s General Assembly y" 2' 1 day 
of Jan>" next, if y* Ass™ be then sitting"; if not, on the third" day of the 
sitting of the Gen' 1 Ass™ at their next sessions, to shew cause (if any) 
why the prayer of the Petition may not be granted. 

James Jeffry, Cler. Ass™ 
l~n Council, DeC 2, 1743. 
Read & Concurrd. 

Theo. Atkinson, Sec>. 
Eodem Die, assented to 

B. Wentworth. 



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TOWN PAPERS SOUTH HAMPTON. 763 

SOUTH HAMPTON. 

[Was incorporated by Chai-ter, May 25, 1742. Ed.] 

Petit i o?i of sundry inhabitants to be set off. <&c. 
To his Excell y Bening Wentworth Esq r Capt n Gen 11 and Gov- 
ern 1 " in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshire in N. England and to the Hon ble his Majesties 
Council and Representatives in Gen 1 Court assembled Sep- 
tem br 14 th 1742. 

The Petition of sundry of y e Inhabitants of the Est part of 
Salisbury which by the riming the new Line fall into the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire and (as we are informed) are includ- 
ed rn the late charter granted for y e Township of South 
Hampton. Humbly Sheweth : — That we the subscribers being 
comprehended in the afores d Charter and by reason thereof 
exposed to greater hardships and unreasonable difficulties as 
to all Parish and Town affairs, being six miles or more distant 
from their Meeting house, we cannot with our families attend 
y e publick worship there, neither can we have y e privilidge of 
voteing in their publick affairs respecting Town or Parish, for 
if their meetings are warned in the usual Method we shall 
have no knowledge of them, or if by chance we hear of any 
of them, such is the distance that we can't attend them ; and 
therefore it will be very prejudicial to us to stand in such rela- 
tion to them with whom we can neither do our duty nor injoy 
our just Rights and Privileges ; — We therefore pray that (as 
the rest of our Neighbours) we mav be set off as to our per- 
sons & Estates from the said Town of South Hampton and 
annexed to Hampton Falls there to do duty and injoy y e priv- 
ilidges of Townsmen, so shall y r Petition" ever pray, &c. 
John Collins Jonathan Walton 

Sam 1 Collins Joseph Norten 

Samuel Smith Jacob Smith 

David Norten Eliphaz Dow (1) 

Province of New Hamp r 
In Council September the 16, 1742. 

The above petition read & Voted thereon that the selectmen of South 
Hampton be served with a copy of this Petition & the vote thereon, by 
the Petition 1-5 & at their expence ; & that they appear on the 3 d day of 
sitting of the Gen 11 Assembly next, to shew cause if any they have why 
the Prayer of the Petition should not be granted. 

Theod. Atkinson, Sec- V . 
Eodem Die. 
In the House of Representatives, the above Petition Read & y* 

(1) A note in the niar<rin by the late John Farmer, Esq.. sava, " Eliphaz Dow mur- 
dered Peter Clougfc in 1754, and was executed 8 Mav 1755." See Prov. Pap. Vol. VI. 
pp.338, 334. ED. 






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vote of Council thereon, and voted a concurrence w th y° Vote of Coun- 
cil. 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass m . 
September v e 17 th 1742. The within vote 

Assented to, B. Wentworth. 

In the House o^ Representatives cf* 19 th 1742. 

The within Petition read and voted, That the Prayer of the Petition 
be granted & that the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accord- 
ingly. 

James Jeffry, Cler. Ass m 
Prov. New Hamp r November 23 1 1742. 
In Council. 

the above vote read & Concurrd. 

Theod. Atkinson, Sec?. 
In the House of Representatives, 9 br the 24 th 1742. 

Mr. Sec y bro't down the within Petition to be Reconsidered, g ],r y* 
25 th 1742. The within Petition Read & the House having reconsidered 
the affair Voted. That a Line be extended from the dividing Line be- 
tween Hampton Falls P'ish &y ,J P'ish of Kensington to the Province Line, 
being south four degrees West, and that all the Inhabitants & their Es- 
tates to y - Eastward of y*- line that did belong to South Hampton shall 
be annexed to Hampton Falls P'ish, And y 6 Petitioners have Liberty to 
bring in a Bill accordingly. 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass m 
In Council. Nov: 25, 1742. 

Concurrd with this amendment, viz. After the words Hampton Falls 
Parish, be added, — to all Intents & Purposes except the Dutys of repair- 
ing & mending highways below the above s ! Line, & paying their Prov- 
ince Tax which is to be paid as usual till a new Proportion or the further 
order of the Gen 1 Assembly 

Theod. Atkinson, Sec>". 
Eod. Die. In the House of Represen'- 3 the above vote of Council for 
amendm 1 Read & Concurrd. 

James Jeffrey, Cler. Ass m 
Eod m Die. — Assented to 

B. Wentworth. 



Petition of yohn Page and Benjamin Baker, to be set 

off, &c. 

[Compare the papers which follow, with those pertaining to New- 
town, pp. 607-630. Ed.] 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq r Cap. Gen 1 and 
Governour in Chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire in N: E: And to the Honourable his Majesty's 
Council and Representatives in General Court Assembled: 
November — 1742. 

The Petition of John Page & Benjamin Baker late of Salis- 
bury, now incorporated with the Inhabitants of South Hamp- 
ton, Humbly Skeweth : 

That by Reason of our great Distance from the Place of Pub- 



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TOWN PAPERS — SOUTH HAMPTON. 765 

lick Worship in s d Town of South Hampton, We cannot with- 
out great difficulty with our Families attend the Publick Wor- 
ship there, nor attend other publick meetings for the manage- 
ment of Town affairs : And therefore pray that We may be 
polled off to Hampton Falls as to our Persons and Estates, 
there to do duty & enjoy Priviledges as sundry others of our 
Neighbours, in like circumstances with our selves, have been. 
So shall your Petitioners ever pray &c. 

John Page 
Benjamin Baker. 
South Hampton, Sept" 27 th i74 2 - 

In the House of Representatives 9 br y 5 19 th 1742. . 

The above petition read and voted, That the Petitioners serve the Se- 
lectmen of South Hampton with a Coppy of this Petition and Votes 
thereon. & that they appeare the third day of y sitting of the Gen ; As- 
sembly at the next .sessions to show cause (if any) why the Prayer of 
the Petition may not be granted. 

James Jeffry, Cler. Ass m 
Prov. of New Hamp r Nov r 20 th 1742. 

The within Vote of the House read & concurrd at the Council Board. 

Theod. Atkinson, Sec--. 
Nov. 24* b 1742. 

Assented to, — B. Wentworth. 

In the House of Representatives, May 25^ A. D. 1743. 

The within Petitioners heard & the Select men of South Hampton: 
The House having considered thereof, Voted that the Petition be dis- 
missed. 

James Jeffry, Cler. Ass m 



Answer to the foregoing Petition by the Select?nen of 
South- Ha nip ton . 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 1- Captain Gen- 
neral and Governour in Chief in and over his Majesties 
Province of New Hampshire in New England, and to the 
Honourable his Majesties Council and Representatives in 
General Court Assembled, May y 10'" 1743. 
We the Select men of South Hampton have taken oppor- 
tunity at this time to express our loyalty to the King's Maj- 
estie and our Duty to your Excellency and Honours and to the 
Representatives : We humbly confide in your tender Regard 
to our holy Religion that whereas we have setteled a Church 
of our Lord Jesus among us that you will protect us so that 
we may be able to maintain it. 

We have been served with a coppy of a Petition that Doc. 
John Page and Mr. Benjamin Baker have prefered to this 
Honourable Court in order to pole oft* from us, which we 
oppose for these Reasons following. 



766 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

i. Every man cant have an equal priviledge in going to y e 
publick worship, in all Towns and Parishes there is some 
without as well as some within and since Doc. Page and Mr. 
Baker's lines are fallen to them without we think they ought 
to be content. 

2 dly We laid out a drift way from y e high way that leads 
from Doc. Page's house a cross to our Meeting house and we 
made gats and some of our brethren came to us to meeting 
but they found some difficulties by Reason of y- Gats so they 
were desirous that we would lay it out an open high way and 
we being willing to shew them all Christian Regard and kind- 
ness layd it out an open high way and have agreed w th y 8 
owners of y ' Land and y* way cost y- Town about one hun- 
dred and iourty pounds and we have made y' : way so conven- 
ant to pass & Repass that som of our brethren comes to us to 
meeting and Doc. Page and Mr. Baker may come with their 
neighbours. 

3 d15 " We have laid out a high way from y e mouth of a high 
way y c leads from our meeting house to Powers River a cross 
Richard Curriers land to a high way y* leads from Alm-isbury 
through South Hampton to Kingstown to oblige our brethren 
at y e West part of y e Town, and we have built a Bridge over 
Powers River and we have been at an Extraordinary charge 
in building a long and high Cassey over a Great water y : is 
flow'd by a Dam a cross y fc River and we have made it con- 
venant to pass and Repass And several familys come to us to 
meeting. 

4 17 If Doc. Page and Mr. Baker should be polled off there 
are some aty e west end of y e Town y x lives furderof y' 3 Meet- 
ing house then Doc. Page and Mr. Baker, and they will say 
there is more reason y l they should poll off then Doc. Page 
and Mr. Baker, because they lives furder of. Doc. Page and 
Mr. Bakers polling off Dont bring them any nere y e Meeting 
house, but makes them more charge to pay and they as far 
from meeting as ever and so they will be for polling off too 
and so it will threaten y e Dissolution and confusion of our 
Town. 

5 l> " Your Excellency and Honours was pleased to grant us a 
Town calld by y e name of South Hampton for which we 
thank you and you wear pleasd in your greate wisdom to send 
us a Committee of very judicious men an.d they came 
along by Doc. Pages and Mr. Bakers houses and so came 
across nere where we laid out our new high way to our Meet- 
ing house and viewed y e Town to y c Extent, and they judged 
that all y e Inhabitants that lives above or to y e westward of 
Kinsington line that was Run by Capt. Robie out to y 8 Prov- . 
ince line, should stand with us, and we stands by their judg- 



TOWN PAPERS — SOUTH HAMPTON. 767 

ment, and we shall take hard that one or two privit men 
should spoil a Publick Intrest. 

6 !y Doc. Page and Mr. Baker have set forth in their Peti- 
tion that they cant come to y e publick worship with us by 
Reason of the great Distance therefrom nor attend other pub- 
lick meetings for y e management of Town affairs, whereas we 
think they are nearer to our Meeting house than they are to 
Hampton Falls Meeting house, and we think it cant in Rea- 
son be thought that ever Doc. Page and Mr. Baker will or 
intend to make any constant practis in going to Hampton 
Falls to meeting for they make it their constant practis in 
going to Salisbury to meeting, and will have their priviledge 
w th them, and we think it reasonable that- they should stand 
with us because there is about thirteen families that lives at 
the North west End of Salisbury that constantly Assemblys 
with us. 

7' y By What has been offered we doubt not but your Excel- 
lency and Honours will se just cause in your great wisdom to 
revers Doc. Pages and Mr. Bakers petition, and accordingly 
grant us our Request. 

Your humble Servants, 

Reuben Dimond ~) Selectmen 

Joseph French, jun > for 

Ephraim Brown ) South Hampton 



yfemorial of Inhabitants of South Hampton. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain General 

and Governonr in Chief in and over his Majesties Province 

of New Hampshire in New England and to the Honourable 

his Majesties Council. 

After our Duty expressed we find ourselves .constrained to 
make our humble acknowledgment of your Goodness extended 
toward us, and Return you thanks for granting our Petition 
and Incorporating us into a Town called by y e name of South 
Hampton. We have been credible informed that some of our 
Dessenting brethren that lives at y e upper or west part of our 
Town have preferd a petition to yl Honourable Court to be set 
off from us and we hear all so that they have presented a copy 
of a vote to your Excellency & Honours that we are willing 
they should be set off, which Vote we oppose for y e Reasons 
hereafter mentioned. Our Dessenting brethren Did at a Town 
meeting present us a petition which is as followeth : 

September y e 29 th 1742. We whose names are under written Do Peti- 
tion to the Town of South Hampton that they would agree to pass a 



768 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



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vote that that part of y e town which lyeth upon y 9 west side of Powers 
River should be set off as soon as the/ are in order to Settol a minister 
y l is more convenant for them that is as many as shall be willing to be 
set off, then we will agree to help support y e minister here till then; If 
you will finish y* meeting house and settel a minister upon your charge 
and like wise Release us from doing any thing toward y J meeting house 
that has been past: Jonathan Farren. Micah Holt, James George, John 
Eliot, Aaron Currier, David Goodwin, David Martain, Timothy Farren, 
Thomas Greenfield, John Sargent, Abraham Merril, Robert Martain, 
Nathaniel Ash, Philip Chaliis, Samuel Goodwin, William Sargent, Ca- 
leb Hobs. Daniel Goodwin, George Martain, Jonathan Kimball, Benja- 
min Kimball, Ro,^er Eastman, David Colby, Jacob Colby, Zacheus 
Colby, Jonathan Wotson. 

A true Copy Examined by me, 

Reuben Dimond, town Clerk. 

Now we had no oower to set our Dessentiri^- brethren off. 
for as we had not power to Incorporate ourselves into a Body 
so we had no power to make any secession and it is not for us 
to arrogate that to ourselves which belongs to the Honourable 
Court ; but we told our Dessenting brethren that it was a time 
of great charges with us and if they would joyne with us in 
our extraordinary charges, when they should be thought capa- 
ble by lawfull authority to maintain y e Gospel of Christ among 
them y u we would pay back again their part of y e extraordi- 
nary charges that should arise to them in finishing y J meeting 
house, setteling a minister and building for him : now we did 
not make this offer, because they could make any majority 
upon us, but we did it for peace, we considering how good it 
is for brethren to Dwell to gether in Love and unity, and that 
peace is y' beauty of a Society and it is so necessary and so 
valuable that we w^ere Ready to sacrifice any thing to procure 
it, saving only a good conscience, and so we proceeded to a 
vote which is as followeth : 

At a meeting of y 3 Inhabitants of y e town of South Hampton, Sep- 
tember y e 29, 1742, Cornet Abraham Brown was chosen Moderator for 
y* same meeting. At y e same meeting it was taken into consideration 
that, Whereas there are a number of Inhabitants of y e upper or west 
part of this town y l lives at considerableDistance from meeting and 
have thoughts in time to be better accommodated than constantly to as- 
semble with us, and we being Desirous to exercise all Christian Regard 
and kindness to them, Votes first, That all those pei'sons that Hves 
above or to the Westward of Capt. Jonathan Currier's that have a mind 
to go off and be a Parish shall have their extraordinary charges that 
they are now at among us paid back again to them : — that is to say, All 
their part of y-' extraordinary charge that shall arise to them by finish- 
ing y' meeting house, setteling a minister and building for him, when 
they shall be thought capable by lawfull authority to maintain the Gos- 
pel of Christ among them, Provided they do not molest or hinder us of 
y* other part in our speedy setteling a Gospel minister among us, and 
y l they pay toward his support while they are of us or belong to us, 
hoping at the same time, they will of their owe free will be assisting 
to us. 

2 1 -' Voted, That we will make no opposition to them in their Indeav- 



TOWN PAPERS — SOUTH HAMPTON. 769 

ours to be a Reg'lar town or parrish whenever they shall be thought ca- 
pable by lawfull authority — voted in y" affirmative. 
A true Coppy — 

Attest, Reuben Dimond, Town Clerk. 

Now after this Vote was offered to our Dessenting brethren 
we chose a Committee to go to y° Association meeting of y e 
Rev Ministers at y- Rev. Mr. Coffin's in Kingston to ask ad- 
vice, How we should proceed in Reg'lar way to settel a Gos- 
pel minister among us, and there appear' d two of our Dissent- 
ing brethren and Declared that they would not joyne with us 
in setteling a minister for they s ; that vote was only a sham for 
we knew that they could not make a parrish ; but they said 
that we should have Dut into y e vote y l when they and their 
neighbours could make a Parrish ; — whereas we drew- v : vote 
according to their petition, and they never ask us to set them 
orf to joyne with their neighbours for there is no such a word 
in their petition as their neighbours. 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of South Hampton, November y e 26, 
1742, John Flanders was chosen moderator for y same meeting. Aty° 
same meeting it was taken into consideration, that Whereas we y - In- 
habitants of this Town being in present want of a pious, larned ortho- 
dox minister of a good conversation, to dispense y word and Adminis- 
ter y a ordinances of our Lord Jesus among us, and it being our Duty 
to look up to Heaven for Divine Assistance to guide us in all our af- 
fairs, therefore. Voted, That Thursday y 2 ! day of December next is 
■appointed to bs a day of Fasting and Prayer in order for y calling & 
setteling a Gospel minister among us, voted and past in y a affirmative. 
Nathaniel Ash, Jonathan Farren, James George Daniel Goodwin, Jacob 
Colby, Sam' Goodwin, John Eliot. David Goodwin, Philip Challis, Da- 
vid Colby, enters their contrary Dessents against y rf Vote for ye fast 
which was for calling and setteling a Gospel minister among us. 

A true Copy of y vote and all y e dissenters that live above or to y 9 
westward of Powers River. 

Attest — Reuben Dimond, Town Cler. 

At the same meeting Capt. Jonathan Currier and Joseph French jun. 
was chosen a Committee to call in y Assistance of y neighbouring 
ministers to cellebrate a day of Fasting and prayer among us — Voted 
8c past in y" affirmative. 

A true copy, 

Reuben Dimond, Town Clerk. 

Now when y e Rev. Ministers was come, which we called to 
our assistance, our Desenting brethren appeared and opposed 
them and beat off y e forenoon exercise, yet notwithstanding all 
their oppositions and Alegations the K.ev. Ministers Did not 
see but y way was clear to proceed to y c worship of y e day 
where unto they were call'd. 

At a legal meeting of y° Inhabitants of y e Town of South Hampton, 
December 27, 1742, John Flanders was chosen Moderator y e Same 
meeting. At y ' same meeting it was Voted, That we give y e Rev d Mr. 
William Parsons a call to settel in y c work of y 1 Gospel ministry among 
us. Voted in y- affirmative. Aty° same meeting, James George, Jon- 

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77a NEW HAMPSHIRE 



athan Farren, Aaron Currier, David Goodwin, David Colby, Daniel 
Goodwin, Zacheus Colby, Philip Challis, Jonathan Wotson, Sam 1 Good- 
win, Rogles Colby, Roger Easman, Jacob Colby, RobartMartain, Micah 
Hoyt, Enters their contrary Desents against y? Vote for calling and set- 
teling the Rev. Mr. William Parsons or any other man in y e work of y* 
Ministry under their present curcomstances. A true Copy of y e vote 
and all y a Dessenters that lives above or to y 3 westward of Powers River- 
Attest, Reuben Dimond, Town Clerk. 

At y e same meeting it was Voted that y° 23 1 Day of February next is 
appointed to be a day of ordination among us & at y e same meeting 
Joseph French, John Ordaway, Thomas Merril and Abraham Brown 
were chosen a Committee to send Letters to y- Rev. Ministers and 
Messengers to be assistant in gathering a Church and in ordaining the 
Rev. Mr. William Parsons in y a work of y* ministry among us. Voted 
in the affirmative. 

A true Copey. Attest, Reuben Dimond, Town clerk 

Now y e ministers we calld to our assistance were the Rev- 
Mr. Chusing, Mr. Whipple, Mr. Joseph Parsons, Mr. Sam 1 
Parsons, Mr. Fogg, Mr. Coffin, Mr. Webster : These wear 
chosen a Council to carrey on y e work of the ordination among- 
us, and to sety e day before y- ordination, and so we notified 
our Dissenting brethren to come at y e time appointed, and 
shew Reasons if any they had why y e minister should not ber 
ordained; but before y* time appointed came, we heard 
that our Dissenting brethren had made Report that they 
intended to take of our Council, for some were iik'md to- 
y e man that was to be ordain'd and others had given judgment 
before : So we, hearing of their Stratagems and not being- 
ignorant of their Devices, we considere d it was easier to pre- 
vent a Diseas than to cure it, or to keep an adversary out when 
out, then git him out when he was in, and so being forewarnd 
we thought it best to be forearm'd and so we calld y e town, 
together to chuse other ministers. 

At a meeting of y 9 Inhabitants of y 3 town of South Hampton, Jan T 7 
y 9 15 th 1742-3, Joseph French was chosen Moderator. At y° same 
meeting it was put to vote wheither the Town would chuse the Rev. 
Mr. Odlin and the Rev. Mr. Gookin and their messengers to be. assist- 
ant in Council with y 5 other Ministers for gathering a Church and 
carry on y- ordination among us, and y* vote was past in the affirma- 
tive. 

A true copy. Attest, Reuben Dimond, Town Clerk. 

We voted that we would pay back again all their part of y d 
extraordinary charges that should arise to them by finishing- 
y e Meeting house, setteling a minister and building for him 
when they should be thought capable to maintain y" Gospel of 
Christ among them : but then there was a condition annext to 
that vote : it was provided they did not molest or hinder us 
in our speedy setteling a Gospel minister among us ; but now 
they have opposed us from place to place, and from time to* 
time they have entered their contrary desents once and agea 



TOWN PAPERS SOUTH HAMPTON. 77 1 

against our Regular proceedings in an orderly way to settel a 
Gospel minister among us, and then put us to a great deal of 
trouble and to an extraordinary charge in calling in that 
Grand Council which set at y e time appointed, and the Rev. 
Mr. Caleb Chusing (i) was moderator, and our Desenting 
brethren appeared in Council and objected against some of y° 
Council ; and y' moderator ask them who they were and they 
said Mr. Joseph Parsons, Mr. Samuel Parsons and Mr. Fogg : 
the Moderator ask them what they had against them men ; 
they s l they wear akend ; and y e Moderator ask them what 
they had against y c man that was to be ordained as to his life 
and conversation or his Doctrin, and they eledge nothing; but 
they said y* Province line would be moved and then they 
should lose the money that they had expended with us, and 
they had not a convenient way : The Moderator told them as 
to y" ? removing y e line that could be no bar as to setteling y° 
minister, for if y e lines should be moved then we must peti- 
tion y e Massachusetts Court for a Parrish, and as to a way, 
their law provids how they should get high ways ; so notwith- 
standing all y e objections and allegations they could make the 
Rev. Council did not see but y e way was clear to settel a min- 
ister among us. 

All these molestations, interruptions and oppositions we 
have met with from our Desenting brethren since we offerd 
them that vote ; yet now they would skreen themselves under 
that vote, that we are willing they should go off when they 
have never fullfilld y e conditions of y e vote in any one article ; 
for if our Desenting brethren had agreed with us, we should 
have had none occasion to have been at so much trouble and 
at such an extraordinary charge in sending from town to town 
and from one Parish to another about y e country to call in that 
Grand Council, for two or three of y 6 neighbouring ministers 
would have done our business in y e morning before y e ordina- 
tion. 

South Hampton 
March y e 29, 1745. 
Daniel Brown Reuben Dimond 

Nathanel Morrill Joseph Chandler 

Daniel Carter Samuel Straw 

Abner Morrill Ephraim Carter 

Henry French Nathan Gould 

Joseph Jewit ? Samuel Barnard 

Joseph Gould Elezer French 

Josiah Flanders Joshua Clow 

Joseph Jones Jonathan Jewet 

Samuel Morrill Jonathan Flanders. 

Ephraim Brown Joseph French 

Elijah Rowell Samuel French 

John Ordway Henry Currier 



(1) Probably this waa Rev. Caleb Cuihing. 



772 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Daniel French Ezekiel Hoyt 

Joseph Morrill Ephraim Carter 

Richard Fitts Orlando Weed ? 

Moses Richason Paul Morrill 



Petition in relation to a high-way. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt. General 
and Governour in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province 
of New Hampsheir in New England, and to the Honoura- 
ble his Majesties Council And to the Gentlemen of the House 
of Representatives in General Court assembled : 
The Petition of the Town of South Hampton humbly 
shelve th : — 

That the Town finding thare was Occasion of a highway 
from the Meeting-house Southward to a highway which was 
laid out by Alms bury, accordingly Voted a way should be laid 
out on the East side of the Parsonage unto Powes River, and 
throw sundry mens Land unto the said high-way, and the se- 
lectmen being met to lay out s ' way and finding a more con- 
venient way might be had else where made Request to the 
Town, who Voted, That the former Vote should be reconsid- 
ered, and a high way should be laid out across the Parsonage 
and over the River whare it dos meet the high way which was 
laid out by Almsbury Direct, and thare it is laid out and Re- 
corded. | 

Notwithstanding this way is moste for the common good, 
thare are sum persons who are uneasy because the way first 
Voted is not laid out and have applyed themselves to the Gen- 
eral Sessions of the Peace who have ordered a Committee to 
lay that way out also : which if Don the Town must make and 
maintain two ways and two bridges within about twenty five 
or thirty Rods which will be a very great and useless charge. 

Therefore your Petitioners do most humbly apply to this 
Honourable Court and Pray that a Committee may be ap- 
pointed to view those ways and to judg which will accommo- 
date moste people and is best for the Towns use in general that 
it may be established and the other prevented : So shall we 
.as in duty bound ever Pray &c. 

South Hampton, April the 8, 1746. 

John Paige, Agent, 

for South Hampton. 
In Council, May 6 th 1746. 

Read and sent down to the House 

Theod r Atkinson, Sec^. 
[Note. A hearing was had on the foregoing petition, when — ] 
In the House of Representatives, May 13, 1746, Voted, that the within 
Petition be dismissed. 

D. Pierce, Clk. 



TOWN PAPERS SOUTH HAMPTON. 773 

Petition relating to a Province Tax. 
To his .Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq r Capt. General 
And Governor in Chief in and over his Majesties Province 
of New Hampshire in New England, and to the Honoura- 
ble his Majesties Council, and to the Gent' men of the House 
of Representatives in General Court assembled : 
The Petition of the Select men of South Hampton, humbly 
ske-dueth : 

That whereas George Jaffrey, Gent. Treasurer and Receiver 
General for his Majesties Province of New Hampshire, did in 
the year past send a Precept to the Selectmen of South Hamp- 
ton to Raise the sum of Ninety seven Pounds and ten shillings 
in bills of Credit Emitted by virtue of an Act of the General 
Assembly of said Province passed April y e II th 1755, Entituled 



an Act for granting unto his most excellent Majesty the sum of 
thirty thousand pounds for and towards building a Fort near 
Crown Pint, and the Select men in the year past omitted the 
Raising the Sum of Ninety seven pounds and ten shillings 
which was set Down in the preceipt, by Reason of an over- 
sight or miss under standing, and we the Select men of South 
Hampton for the present year. Do therefore humbly apply our- 
selves to this Honourable Court and pray that this Honourable 
Court would be pleased in your great wisdom and goodness to 
compassionate our Difficult case and pass an Act to impower 
and authorize us the present select men to assess the Polls and 
Estates within said South Hampton lyable to be tax' 1 by Law, 
and give us a Reasonable time to do it in, so shall we as in 
Duty bound ever pray, &c. 

Rich 1 Collins ) Selectmen for 
Benj. Brown } South Hampton. 
Dated March the 21 
Day, 1757. 
Prov. New Hamp r 

In Council March 23 d 1757. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon bl House. 
Theodore Atkinson, Sec>'. 
Province of "1 In the House of Representatives, March 23, 1757. This 
New Hamp r J Petition being read 

Voted, That the Prayer thereof be granted & that the petitioners have 
Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

Andrew Clarkson, Clerk. 
In Council, March 23 d , 1757. 
Read & concurrd. 

Theo. Atkinson, Sec. 






774 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition from sundry inhabitants of South Hampton to be 
annexed to JSfeivto~jj?i. 

Province of \ gouth Hampton, July 14, 1768. 

New Hamp r j * ' J J T ' ' 

To his Excellency the Governor, the honorable his Majesties 

Council & House of Representatives for the Province afore- 
said in General Court Assembled : 

We subscribers Inhabitants of South Hampton do humbly 
request that we and our Estates may be annexed to Newtown 
for the Reasons following, viz. 

We were originally of the Almsbury District which is now 
called Newtown : 

We can attend public worship there with more ease, the way 
to it being much better & the place of worship nearer ; some 
of us % live within half a mile of Newtown Meeting House & 
four Miles from our own. 

The most of us do constantly attend public worship at New- 
town and enjoy special religious privileges there but are denied 
the satisfaction ' of paying our money where we have our 
favors, and to those to whom it seems of right due, and the 
mortification of paying it to such as do us no good. 

We are ill accommodated in regard to schooling for our 
children. Newtown School we have no right to : South 
Hampton is so distant that we cannot send to it ; indeed South- 
hampton hath in some instances left our proportion of the 
School money to our own disposal, but the sum is so small that it 
will not maintain a School long enough to be of any consid- 
erable benefit, & even while it does support a school among us 
we live so scattered & at such a distance from one another that 
the School cannot be so placed as to well accommodate us all 
at once. 

Our condition is really in our account Very unhappy ; — we 
therefore humbly beg that your Excellency & Honors would 
take it under your consideration and grant such relief as in 
your wisiiom you shall think proper. 

Jonathan Currier, 1 M. north. Nathan Currier 

Samuel Kimball Charles Coolens 

Phillip Currier James Currier 

Challis Currier Aaron Sargent, sou. 1-2 mile. 

Thomas Currier Sarah Currier 



NewHamp' } In the House of Representatives Jan? 12 th 1770 

The within Petition being read & considered 

Voted, That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on Thursday 
the twenty-fifth Day of January instant, if the General Assembly be 
then sitting, and if not then on the second day of their sitting next af- 
ter, and that the Petitioners at their own cost serve the Selectmen of 



Petition for settling the line betzveen South Hampton and 

Newtown, 
Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth, Esq r 
New Hamps' r ) Captain General, Governor and Commander 
in Chief in and over the Province of New 
Hampshire, the Honourable his Majesty's Council and 
house of Representatives in General Assembly convened. 
The Petition of us the Subscribers being a Committee 
chosen for the Town of South Hampton, Most humblv shew- 
eth :— 

That the said Town of South Hampton suffer great incon- 



TOWN PAPERS — SOUTH HAMPTON. 775 

South Hampton with a Copy of this Petition & order that they may 
■shew cause why the prayer thereof should not be granted. 

M. Weare, Clk. 
In Council, Jan? 12, 1770. 
Read & concurred. 

Geo. King, D. Sec*. 

New V IHrrTy r 1 * n t ^ ie ^ ouse °*" Representatives March 22 d 1770. 

The Parties being heard on this Petition and the Petitioners request- 
ing that a Committee may be appointed to view the circumstances of 
the Petitioners at the cost of the s' ; Petitioners : 

Voted, That Capt. John Giddings & Doctor Ebenezer Thompson be 
-a Committee of this House to join with such as the Hon b; Council shall 
appoint to make enquiry respecting the circumstances of the Petition- 
ers and make report to the General Assembly as soon as may be — the 
-cost of the Committee to be paid by the Petitioners. 

M. Weare, Clk. 
In Council, March 23 d 1770. 

Read & concurred & the Hon bl Daniel Pierce Esq r added on part of 
the Board. 

Geo. King, D. Sec?. 

Pursuant to the foregoing appointment we the Subscribers have 
view'd the situation of the Petitioners, heard & consider'd what the Par- 
ties concern'd thought fit to offer relative to the Premises : 

And although we think that some of the Petitioners might be better 
accommodated by being annexed to Newtown, yet really think their 
difficulties not greater than what usually happens in almost every town : 
And iheir being so annexed would (as we conceive) increase the diffi- 
culties occasioned by the former liberty of Polling in said Towns, which 
we now think need redress : Therefore we beg leave to recommend the 
■dismissing said Petition. Witness our hands at Portsmouth the 2i dt of 
December, 1770. 

D. Peirce 
John Giddinge 
Eben r Thompson. 
In Council, Dec. 21 st 1770. 

In pursuance of the above report it is ordered that this Petition be 
dismissed. 

Geo. King, D. Sec*. 



77^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

I 

veniences lor want of a Line settled and established, between the- 
said Town of South Hampton and theTown of NewTown, there- 
beingmore than Twenty persons in said South Hampton, which 
claim to belong to Newtown, part of whom might be as well 
accommodated by being joyned to South Hampton, and a 
number more of South Hampton that might be as well accom- 
modated by being joyned to Newtown. Your petitioners; 
therefore pray a Line may be settled between the said Towns. 
in such a manner as not to enlarge the one at the expense of 
the other, but to make both equal to which they now are, and 
that a Committee may be appointed to inquire into the circum- 
stances of the case and Report such a Line as may effect the 
purposes aforesaid : and your Petitioners as they are in Duty 
bound will ever pray, &c. 

Philips White 
Abel Brown 
Moses French 
South Hampton, Dccem r 
19 1770. 



Province of \ In the house of Representatives 
New Hamp' J Dec. 30. 1770. 

Voted, That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition, on Thursday 
the third day of January next, if the General Assembly be then siting; 
and if not then on the third day of their siting next after: And that 
the Petitioners serve the Selectmen of Newtown with a copy of this. 
Petition and order of court that, they may shew cause why the Prayer 
of the Petition should not be granted. 

M. Weare, Clk. 
In Council, eodem die. 

Read & concurred. 

Geo King, D. Sec?. 

Province of ^ In the House of Represe ntatives 
New Hamps r / Tan- r 3 d 1771. 

The within Petition being considered and the Parties heard thereon,, 
and consenting that Daniel Pierce Esq r Capt. John Giddinge and Doct r 
Ebenezer Thompson be a Committee to settle the line between the said 
Towns in such place as shall appear to them proper, after hearing both 
parties, said Com'tee also to Determin by whom the cost of the Cbm'tee: 
be paid : — 

Voted, That the said Daniel Pierce, Esq r Capt. John Giddinge and 
Docf Ebenezer Thompson be a committee for the purpose abovemen- 
tioned. 

M. Weare, Clk. 
In Council, eodem die. 

Read and concur'd 



TOWN PAPERS — STRATH AM. 777 



STRATHAM. 

["Stratham was originally a part of the Squamscott Patent, and was 
laid off from Exeter, and incorporated as a distinct town, March I4 r 
1716. Ed.] 

Petition for a To-junship. 
To the Honourable the Lef r Governour, Councill and Repre- 
sentatives conven'd in General 1 Assembly : 
We the subscribers hereof inhabiting in and about Swams- 
cott, not lying in any Township and living att a considerable 
Distance from the publique worship of God, not haveing the 
benefitt of instructing our youth, besides many other great 
inconveniences which we labour under. Being now by the 
Providence of God att peace in our several] Dwellings and 
being no less than thirty five family s all well disposed to main- 
taine the publique ministry and defraying of ail other neces- 
sary charges to the best of our abilities, and hopeing that 
within a little time we shall increase to a far more considera- 
ble number. Doe most humbly pray that your Honours would 
please to settle and confirm us the severall Inhabitants extend- 
ing from Wheelwright's Creek downwards to Sandy-Point as 
a distinct Township of ourselves, Tinpowering all such officers 
among us as your Honours in your great wisdome and pru- 
dence shall judge most meet : We crave leave to subscribe 
your Honours most humble and most obedient servants. 
Andrew Wisfgin, sen r Richard Downes ? 



•»o' 



Petition for a Township. 
To the Hon' :e Geo: Vaughan, Esq. Lt. Gov" & Commander 

in Chief of his Majesties Province of N. Hamp r & tojhis 

Majesties Council of y L Prov : aforesaid : 

The Petition of his Maj tics good subjects sundry the Inhab- 
itants of y e town of Exeter : Most humbly shewiih : — 



Isaac Cole Thomas ? 

Simon Wig-gin Jonathan Norris 

Andrew Wiggin, jun. Mark Stacey 

Thomas Vesy Richard Mongen Sen. R. mark 

Brad^treet Wiggin James Rundlet 

William French Charles Rundlet 

Nathaniel 1 Wright Sam 1 Leavett, sen 1 " 

Jonathan Wiggin Sam 1 Leavitt, jun 

Thomas Read Ed r - Gramon X mark 

Tho. Wiggin Stephen England 

William Moores Sen 1- Edward Masry Z mark 

William Moore, jun r Thomas Spild, sen X mark 

Oen Renels, his mark 3 Richard Mongen, O mark 

George Vasay 



" ■ . - ■ — <-r ._..,,,._. _„._,.-_,_.„,_,. .,....- -,_.... 



778 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition to be set off into a township. 
To his Honour George Vahan Esq r Lieu 1 Goveraour and 
commander in cheif in & over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire in New England, & to his Majesties hon- 
oured Counsell for s 1 Province: 

We the Inhabitance of Quamescuk patent, humbly shetueth : 
— The very bad circumstances we lay under by reason of our 
great distance from the publick Worship of God and haveing 
no benifitt of any School, notwithstanding we have ever paid 
our proportion to the School of Exeter, and are now by the 
Providence of God increased to shuch a number as we hope 
we are able of ourselves to maintain a Minister & a school Sc 
other town charges as shall nessesarily fall upon us, with our 



The great hardships & Inconveniences which we (y r Hon™ 
Petitioners) are made the subjects of by a late order from the 
Hon le Board: — (viz.) — y l all y e Inhabitants of Exeter to y 8 
eastw J of west creek line should be joyned to y e Parish of 
Greenland, in answer to a petition presented by Mr. Josh: 
Weeks subscribed by sundry the inhabitants of the town of 
Exeter afores' 1 , praying to be added to y e s d Parish of Green- 
land, for that we y e subscribers who are on y e east side of s d 
line never had any knowledge of s j Petition till after 'twas 
p'sented & then not seasonably enough to counter Petition 
before y e ord r 
May it Please y r Hon" : 

We have once Sc again Petitioned to be made a township: 
y x is. y e Inhabitants of Swampscutt Patent w r of we are some 
and Intend one address more to y r Hon" on the same head, 
tho' were that nothing at all we cannot but represent to yo r 
Hon r - the g T hardship we labour under on ace 1 of y e ord r 
afores l inasmuch as there is a maj r numb r y l never knew of s d 
Petition (that are joyned to y e Parish of Greenland by y e ord r 
made upon it) than those that signed it. Whereupon we can- 
not but humbly pray for a Counter Ord" to the Order afores d 
at least for so long a time as till both petitions may have a 
hearing w h will be a plain means to a final determination of 
the matter. However all is submitted to yo r Hon" by yo r 
Hon r3 most obed' serv t3 

Andrew Wiggin 
Thomas Wiggin 
Jonathan Wiggin 
Will" French. 
Jan 7 4 th 1 7 15-16. 



TOWN PAPERS STRATH AM. 



779 



ning at Sandey 

comes into Wheelwrights Creeks mouth 



proportion of publick assessments : Therefore we your peti- 
tioners does humbly pray that your Honours would pleas to 
set us of from all other Towns and Parishes and grant us a 
Township by ourselves & bound us as followeth : viz. Begin- 
Point bounding upon Exeter river untill it 
& from thence upon 
a southeast line three miles into the land ; from s ' Sandey 
point to run three miles into y c land upon a southeast line with 
an head line according to y e s d Patent, which will be greatly 
to the joy & sattisfaction of your petitioners whose names are 
under writen. 

We your Petitioners does further humbly beg leave to inform 
yours honors of our ill convenences, being laid some times to 
one town & some times to another & all wayes a great distance 
from, the Publick worship of God; with submission we would 
pray your honors to consider which is most reason — Whether 
those men which lay near Greenland should joyn with us your 
petitioners, or all- we availl to them : We submitt to your hon- 
ors pleasure. 

Dated this tenth clay of January Inst, i 



f£ 



Simon Wiggin 
Andrew Wiggin 
Thomas Vezev 
William French 
Jonathan Wigens 
Moses Leavitt juner 
Richard Galley 
Stephen England 
John Haniford 
William Powell 
Owen Runals, senor 
Owen Runalls, juner 
James Palmer 
Edward Maservjr 
Benjamin Palmer 
Moses Rallins 
Aaron Rallins 
James Robison 
Sam i; Green 
Edward Fifield 
Thomas Rallins 
David Robison 
Joseph Rallins 
Arthur Benitt 
Joseph Hoitt 
John Mead 
Matthew Tomson 
William More 
George Veasey 
Thomas Wigins sen r 



jun r 



Thomas Wigens, 
John Wigens 
Daniel Moody 
John Mason 
John Searll 
James Keniston 
Richard Crockett 
John Satchel! 
John Sinkler 
Joseph Mason 
Samuel Piper 
Gilles Brier 
Thomas Toms 
John Pett 
Thomas Brier 
William Seamen 
Satchell Rundlett 
Jonathan Clark 
Nathaniel Folsom 
Richard Morgan 
Nathaniel Stevens 
ohn Robarts 
James Dorety 
Daniel Leavitt 
Abraham Stockbridge 
John Jones 
Widow Leavitt 
Israel Smith 
Benp Leavitt. 






780 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Counter Petition. 
Toy e honorable George Vaighan Esq r Left. Governor andCom- 

ander of his Maigistys province of new hampshar and the 

honorable Counsell now sitting at Porchmouth. 

The petition of us whose names are under written, humbly 
sheiveth : 

That wheras your petitioners air informed that your honors 
intend to incorporate that tract of land called the Pattente into 
a township within the precintes of which your petitioners now 
dwells, we your petitioners have ever been of opinion and now 
are well assured that the peopell inhabiting within y e Limits 
above s d are not capiable of supporting such a townd charg as 
will be needful, neaither did we ever send away such 
petition, naither dare we presum so to do unless we 
shouM desire the ruining of our familys by Removing off from 
thes small tracts of land we are now settiled upon, we there- 
fore pray your honnors that we may continue as we are untill 
beter inabled to perform such a charg, lest men mock us and 
saye. These men have laid a foundation before they have con- 
sidered they ware not able to finish it ; and we your petish- 
ors that have never consented to petition to be a townd shall 
ever pray whilst 

James Sinkler Ephreham Levitt 

Benjiman Gones Abraham Stockbrig 

James Rundlit John Speed 

Jonathan Norris Daniel Smith 

Ithiall Smith Je'hrow Parson 

Joseph Larans Ebenezer Foulsham 

Phillip Spendelow Beanjaman Taylor 

Thomas Sped Samweall Leavitt 
John Clark 

And we your honors petitioners whos names are under writ- 
ten who tin advisedly and without consideration sined the pe- 
tishon that a township mite be granted, haveing since beter 
considered of that matter are sensible of our unadvised- 
ness and inabillity to perform such a charg as must of 
nessessity follow upon our being a township unless we impov- 
erish our familys and frely now goine with the first above sub- 
scribed petitioners : And that we may not be a township for 
the afor s' 1 Resons but may continue as we are now settled un- 
till beter Inabled to bare such a charge and your petitioners 
shall ever acknowledge your honors fafore herein — and sub- 
scribe our selves your honors dutifull and obedient servants. 
Isrell Smith Sachill Rundlit 

Joseph Hoyt Nathaniel Foulsham 

Benjamin Levit Benjamin Palmer 

Matthew Tompson Mary Levitt — widow 

Jan. 14 th 1715-6. 



TOWN PAPERS STRATHAM. jSl 

Petition of Selectmen in relation to a meeting house. 

Stratham May the 16, 1716. 
To his Honor George Vahn esquire Lef Govemer and com- 
ander in chief in and over his Majesties Province of New 
hampshaire in New England and to his Majesties honoura- 
ble Councill for said Province : 

We your humble petitioners Selectmen for the town of 
Stratham : We are sorry that we are forced to trouble your 
honors with a petition ; — for the inhabitants of our town are 
unhappily divided about a place where to set our meeting 
house and we have had several] town meetings in hops to agree 
among ourselves but all the proposalls that has been made 
could never obtain that happy end and for these reasons we 
would pray your honors that in your wisdom you would see 
meet to appoint a Committee of indifferent men that are un- 
concerned for to measure the town and so fix a place for the 
meeting house according to the patine. So we are your hon- 
ours humble petitioners in behalf of the town. 

Simon Wiggin 
Jonathan Wiggin 
Will" 1 French, 

Selectmen. 



Petition of Jonathan Wiggin, relating to Hilton's Ferry. 
To his Excellency Sam' Shute. Esq r Captain Gen 1 Govern" & 
Command in Chief in & over his Majesties Province of New 
Hamp : &c. To the Honourable the Council & Representa- 
tives convened in Gen' Assembly in Ports m° in s ri Province. 
The Petition of Jonathan Wiggin of the town of Stratham, 
most humbly Shezveth : 

That Capt. Rich ' Hilton of Exeter was formerly favored by 
the Gen 1 Assembly in this his Majesties Province with a Grant 
of the Ferry over Exeter river, which Grant was attended with 
a particular condition that he should procure a way to the 
Ferry, so that the Publick should not be charged therewith ; 
but tho' he has had the improvement of the Ferry for the space 
of near Thirty years yet never procured any way thereto on 
the southerly side of the s 1 river, but all Travellers have tres- 
passed on yo' Petitioner by passing over his pasture, meadows 
and fields, for the space of one full mile in one part of his farm 
& almost halfe a mile in another part thereof, extremely to yo r 
Petitioner's damage, who cannot obtain any redress from the s d 
Hilton, altho' his Grant is thereby forfeited to the Govern- 
ment. 

And the afores d Capt. Hilton doth live at so great a distance 



782 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



from the river that Travellers are oftentimes hindred in getting 
over and necessitated to burden your Petitioner with themselves 
and horses for entertainment in the night, which is expensive 
to yo r Petitioner and an hindrance to them in their journey, 
many of whom have often times put your Petitioner upon pray- 
ing for the Ferry on that side of the river adjoining to his land. 
And if your Petitioner should stop up the afore s' 1 ways, Trav- 
ellers would be extremely prejudiced. 

Your Petitioner therefore most humbly prays that your Ex- 
cellency and this Honourable Assembly will please to grant to 
him the privilege of the Ferry on the southerly side of the s d 
River, with the liberty of Keeping or hanging Gates through 
his own farm & the liberty of the Ferryman keeping an house 
of entertainment for Travellers free of Excise : So yo r Peti- 
tioner shall ever pray as in duty bound &c. & subscribes, 

Jonathan Wiggin. 

22 d April 1721. 

Su7?unons to Richard Hilton. 

Pro. N. Hamp r 

To the Sheriff of the said Province, his under Sheriff or Deputy, 
Greeting: * 

By order of his Hon 1 " the Lieut. Governour, and the Hon bIa the Coun- 
cil, you are hereby required in his Majesty's name, forthwith on receipt 
hereof, to Summon Rich 13 Hilton of Exeter Esq. to appear at y- Coun- 
cil board to morrow at 3 o'clock afternoon, to show cause if any he hath, 
why the ferry on the South side of Exeter river ag 3t your house should 
not be granted to Mr. Jon' Wiggin of Stratham, according to his peti- 
tion, &c. Dated at y e Council board y e 1.1 *!• of Julv, 1721. 

Richard Waldron, Cler. Con. 

Make return of this writ, at y" time afores d 

R. Waldron, CI. Con. 

July 12, 1721. Then summoned Capt. Richard Hilton, Esq. to ap- 
pear at time & place, by me 

Benj. Leavitt, Dep. Sheriff. 



Petition of Stratham relating- to divisions about a minister. 

To his Excellency Penning Wentworth, Esq r Captain Gener- 
all Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Maj- 
esty's Province of New Hampshire ; To the Hon' ,la his 
Majesty's Councill and house of Representatives convened 
in General Assembly. 
The Petition of the subscribers Freeholders & Inhabitants 

of the Town of Stratham in the Province aforesaid, Humbly 

shews : 

That your Petitioners having for some years past been under 

very Difficult circumstances both as to their Church and Town 



TOWN PAPERS STRATHAM. 



783 



affairs occasioned by the unhappy and unscriptural separation 
of a great number of the Principal members of the Church 
who by their example have influenced others of the Church 
and Congregation to follow them into the same separation and 
thereby have made themselves the major parte and have for 
some time past carry'd on the Publick worship in a separate 
house and are got to such a height as to call a Town meeting 
to choose a Committee to Apply to Mr. Joseph Adams their 
present minister to take on him the pastoral care & charge of 
a Church in said Town, and to cast himself on the Lord and 
Depend on him for what he shall Incline the People to give 
him for his support, which your Petitioners expect will be lib- 
eral enough inasmuch as we must bear our part of it unless re- 
lieved herein by your Excellency & Hon r ; And inasmuch as 
their separations and proceedings thereon is so unjust and un- 
warrantable and we have just reason to fear willfull, and our 
circumstances will not admit us without impoverishing our Es- 
tates to maintain more than Mr. Rust our present ordained 
Minister (with whose doctrine and conduct we are well satis- 
fi'd) who was principally call'd and settled by the Principal 
Gentlemen in the present separation, who then made a great 
show of Respect for him and his Ministry ; and inasmuch as 
this unhappy separation and proceeding thereon greatly tends 
to an unnatural Behaviour towards each other, and to root out 
our Holy Religion, and also to Destroy that Love, Peace and 
Unity that ought to be kept and maintained amongst us as the 
Professors of Christ, as also to the Destruction or wasting of 
our Estates : Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly Pray 
that your Excellency and hon" will take our Deplorable case 
under your wise consideration, and redress our present Griev- 
ances in such way as to your Excellency and hon , shall seem 
most for the glorv of God and Real wellfare of this Place. 

And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray &c. 

Dated at Stratham, August 12 th 1746. 



William French 
Thomas Wiggin 
Jonan Dearbun 
Edward Fifeald 
Thomas Wrolings 
Isac Foss 
Walter Wiggin 
John Speed 
Benjamin Jones' 
Richard Palmer 
Richard Scamun 
William French, jun. 
Thomas French 
Bradstreet French 
Joseph Mason 
Richard Wichar 



David Jewill 
Samuel Piper 
Samuel Piper, jun. 
Nathaniel White 
Thomas Wiggin, jun 
Josiah Parsons 
Samuel Wiggin 
Eliphalet Wiggin 
Benjamin Cotton. 
John Stockbridg 
Thomas More 
Ebenezer Foulsum 
Thomas Reonals. 
Owen Reonals 
Edward Mason 
Benjamin Mason 



7 8 4 



&EW HAMPSHIRE 



Thomas Veasai 
Joseph Jewit 
Caleb Rowlings 
Joseph Lawrance 
Benjamin Tailer 
Joseph Hoit 
Jonathan Chase 
Benjamin Palmer 
Josiah Smith 
Abraham Morgin 
Tuftin Wiggin 
William Corly 
John Brackett 
Jonathan Jones 
Matthew Tomson 
Satchell Clark 
Joseph Fifeald 

Province of) 



John Dearbun 
David Robinson 
Ephraim Green 
Jeames Kenison 
Andrew French 
John Wiggin 
John Wiggin jun. 
William Burly 
Richard Crokit 
Thomas Foss 
Isac Foss, jun 
John Avery 
Moses Kennison 
Solomon Cotton 
David Haneford 
Richard Crocket, jun. 



In the House of Representatives, Am 



1746. 



N. Hamp" 1 

Voted, Thaty ; Petitioners be heard on their petition y° second day of 
the Setting of y° Gen Assembly after y e fifteenth Day of Sep 1 next at 
ten O'clock A. M. & that y c Petitioners" at their own cost serve y e Se- 
lectmen of Stratham with a copy of this Petition & this order of Court, 
that they may shew cause if any they have why y e Prayer of the Peti- 
tion should not be granted. 

D. Peirce, Clk. 
In Council, Eod" die 
read & concurr 1 . 

Theod" Atkinson, Sec 7 . 



Eod*' die. 



Assented to 



B. Wentworth. 



Another petition relating to the sa?ne matter. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq. Capt. Gen 1 
Govern 1 ' & Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's 
Province of N: Hampsher, To the Hon bc his Majesty's 
Council & House of Representatives conven'd in Gen : 
Assembly : 
The Petition of y c subscribers & Inhabitants of the Town 

of Streatham In the Province aforesaid. Humbly shows : Y fc 

your Petitioners, &c. 

[Note. — This Petition is word for word the same as the preceding, 
until the closing sentence, which is in the following words, viz.] 

4fc Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly pray y* your Ex- 
cellency & Hon'" would take our deplorable case under your 
wise consideration & bear due testimony against such Disor- 
derly settlements, or exempt us & our Posterity from support- 
ing s 1 Joseph Adams, or from any charge y- shall arise in any 
shape whatsoever from his being a Preacher among them : 



TOWN PAPERS— SWANZEY. 7S5, 

However, we, y* s' 1 Petition™ leave our case with y r Excel- 
lency & Hon" humbly praying y' you'd please to redress our 
present Grievances in such a way as to your Excellency & 
Hon 13 shall seem most for the glory of God, & the real well- 
fare of this place, & y r Petition'" in Duty bound shall ever 
pray, &c.' r 

Dated at Streatham, Dec'" 2 d 1746. 

[Note. — The above petition is signed by the same persons as the" 
former one. A hearing on it was granted; and then, in the House 
of Representatives, 15 July, 1747. is the record: "The agents for y*' 
Petitioners appearing & acknowledging that they were satisfied, there- 
fore voted, That this Petition be Dismissed."] 



SWANZEY. 



[This town, which was first called Loiver Ashuelot, was granted by 
New Hampshire, July 2 1 1753. Ed.] 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq 7 Capt. General, 
Governor and Commander in chief in and over his Majes- 
tys Province of New Hampshire and the Hon bu his Majes- 
ty's Council for said Province : 

The Humble Petition of William Sims of Winchester so 
called in the Province of New Hampshire on behalf of the 
Proprietors or claimers of that Tract of Land within said 
Province called the Loiver Ashnvelot, a List of whose names 
is herewith presented, Skews, 

That the said proprietors or claimers have been improving 
the land at the place aforesaid near Eighteen years last past & 
have made considerable progress therein : Apprehending 
when they first entered the Land was within the Province of 
y' : Massachusetts Bay, and by countenance of the Government 
of that Province they entered upon the Lands & carried on 
their settlement so far as to make a Proportion & Division of 
said Lands to & among the Persons aforesaid, who have been 
at very considerable expence in making the said settlement 
and Defending of it. 

That in order to carrying of it to greater Perfection & mak- 
ing of it a more useful Place it is necessary the settlers & In- 
habitants should be Incorporated & vested with the Rights & 
Privileges of Towns which it is well known is a very neces- 
sary aid & support of such a Design, and as the persons 
already there have done so much to make it a useful settle- 

5o 



786 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



ment they seem to have a claim to your Excellency's favour in 
this respect preferable to any others : Wherefore your Peti- 
tioner Humbly prays as aforesaid that your Excellency would 
be pleased to make a Grant of the s d Lands to the Persons 
afores d in Proportion & according to their Respective claims 
& the Proportion & Division made as aforesaid, and that the 
same may be incorporated by the Name of Swansey & Inti- 
tled to the Rights and Privileges of other Towns in said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire, and your Petitioners as in duty 
bound shall ever pray &c. 



Wm. Symes. 



Portsmouth, June y e 27 th 1753. 
Nath 1 Hammond 
Abraham Graves 
William Grimes 
Benjamin Grant 
Thomas Crison 
Thomas Crison, jun. 
William Hill 
William Crison 
William Car 
Elijah Graves 
Samuel Belding 
Eliakim King 
Jonathan Woodcock 
Joshua Graves 
Abner Graves 
David Belding 
Timothy Brown 
James Heaton 
James Heaton, jun. 
William Heaton 
Sam 1 Hills 
Nathi Hills 

Jonathan Woodcock, jun. 
Jonathan Hammond 
Thomas Nuten 
Ebenezer Hills 
John Prat 
Timothy Prat 
Sam 1 Prat 
Joseph Hammond 
Thomas Hammond 
Seth Gay 



Asa Grant 
Christopher Grant 
Daniel Arms 
Ebenezer Arms 
Nath 1 Gun 
Wiget Gun 
Daniel Gun 
Ebenezer Sprag 
Ebenezer Sprag, jun 
Joseph Marchants 
Noah Bodman 
Ben" Sheldin 
Mark Ferry 
Jonathan Frarey 
John Frarey 
Phinehas Frarey 
Jonathan Armes 
Jonathan Bordwel 
Oliver Wit 
Oliver Hammond 
Joshua Prime 
Joseph Write 
Ben" Brown 
Simon Davis 
Sam 1 MacClennen 
Zebulon Balord 
Stephen Nuten 
Caesar Freeman 
Sam 1 Gaylord 
James Blood, jun. 
62. 



TOWN PAPERS TAUNTON. 



787 



TAUNTON. 



Petition relating to No. One or Taunton tozv7t (1) on the 

West Side of Connecticut river, 1751 . 

Province of \ To his Excellency Benning Wentworth 

New Hampshire ) Esq r Gov r in & over said Province and 

to the Hon ble his Majesties Council 

within the same : 

The Petition of the subscribers humbly shezveth : That 

your Petitioners or most of us owned under a grant of the 

Massachusetts each of us one Right or share in a Township 

on the West side of Connecticut River commonly called & 

known by y e Name of No. One or Taunton Town, on y* 



west side of said River, but since 
between y e Provinces it lyeth in y- 
shire ; and are desirous of making 
tlement there : — Wherefore your 



the Running of the Line 
Province of New Hamp- 
a speedy and effectual set- 
Petitioners humbly pray, 



that your Excelency & Honnours would be pleased to grant 
to each of us a Right in s 1 Township upon the conditions that 
your Excellency and Honnours grants others the King's Sub- 
jects, and vour Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray, 
&c. 



7 th *75* 



February 
John Halbert 
Josiah Willard 
William Willard 
Valentine Butler 
Joseph Alexander 
Nathan Willard 
Susannah Guilson ? 
Oliver Willard 
John Arms 
Wilder Willard 
John Moor 
John Moor, jun. 
Daniel Whittmore 
William Wiilard, jun 
Prentice Willard 
Eph ;;i Dean 
Elijah Cady 
Asa Douglass 
Samuel Ashley 
John Alexander 
Samuel Greele 
Jethro Wheeler 
Jonathan Thayer 
Joshua Welds 
Submit Foster 
Nathan Willard, jun. 



Joseph Hubbard 
Joseph Ashley 
Nathaniel Maloon 
John Hunt 
John Taylor 
John Peirce 
Andrew Gardner, jun 
Anthony Peirce 
James Jewell 
Manassah Devell 
Simon Hunt 
William Wilson 
Jonathan Hubbard 
John Arms, jun 
Solomon Willard 
Eben r Field 
Sam 1 Allen 
Billy Willard 
Caleb How 
Jonathan Willard 
James Hills 
Josiah Willard, jun 
Benj a Farwell 
Robert Usher 
Samuel Cumminga 
Josiah Brown 



(1) See MS. Town Papers, Vol. VI. pp. 385, 386, inverted. Ed. 



*p*m»qm 



5[83 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Peter Powers The Governor 500 acres, 
John Chamberlain shares 

Jonathan Cuming- Theodore Atkinson 

Robert Fletcher, Jan. John Wentworth, jun 

John Usher Henry Sherburn 

Jonathan Cummings jun Richard Wibird 

David Stearns Sam 1 Smith 

Timothy Latherbee John Downing 

Byfield JLoyd Sampson Sheafe, & 

3 Publick Lotts. 



i 
i 

WAKEFIELD. 

[Formerly called East-Town ; incorporated by its present name, 
August so, 1774- Ed.] 

At a Proprietors meeting Leagely warned and held at the house of 
Capt. David Copp in East-Town so called by the proprietors of said 
East-Town, the jS- ; day of June, Anno Domini, 1774; And the propri- 
etors at said meeting, 

Voted, That this Tract or Township of Land comonly called East- 
Town be Incorperated, and the ^aid proprietors at said meeting, Voted, 
That Capt. David Copp, Capt. James Garvin & John Gage be a Com- 
mitee or agents to wait on the Governor Si. Counsel to gite the said 
Township Incorporated. 

A true Coppy — Attest, 

John Gage, Pro. Clark. 



Petition for Incorporation. 
Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 1 " 
New Hampshire} Capt. General, Governor and Commander 
in Chief of said Province and the Hon- 
ourable his Majesty's Council : Humbly 

skews, 

1 

David Copp, Tames Garvin and John Gage that at a Pro- 
prietors Meeting held a». East-Town so called on the 28 th day 
of June last your Petitioners were Voted a Committee to Peti- 
tion your Excellency and Honors for an Incorporation of said 
Tract or Township : 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that the said Town- 
ship beginning at the North-East corner of the Township of 
Rochester at Newichwanick River, and from said River run- 
ning westerly by the head line of Rochester five miles, and 
from that extent upon a strait Line parallel with the General 
Course of the said River as a strait line may be run at the said 
River & continuing the breadth of five miles adjoining said 



TOWN PAPERS— WAKEFIELD. 789 

River & bounds of the Province so far northwardly as to make 
equal to six Miles square in such form as that the head or north- 
erly Boundary shall be a Line paralell with the head line of 
Rochester, and the westerly side Line to be strait from Roch- 
ester Line to the head Line of said Tract of Land, may be in- 
corporated and invested with such powers & Privileges as other 
Towns in this his Majesty's Province usually have & enjoy ; 
and your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

David Copp 
James Garvin. 
Portsm 20/'- August, 1774. 



WARNER. 



[Formerly No. 1, or New Amesbury, g^enerallywritten New Almsbury, 
was granted by the Province of Massachusetts, in 1735, but incorpo- 
rated by New Hampshire, September 3-, 1774. Ed.] 

Petition of JYo. 1. or Essex Alntsbury, now Warner, 1 74 2 » 
To his Excelli Benning Wentworth, Esq r Gov r in Chief in & 

over his Majesty's Province of New hampshire ; To the 

hon b - his Majesty's Council 

The humble petition of Capf. Thomas Rowell & Joseph 
Jewell in the name & by order of the proprators of a Town- 
ship called N° One, in the Line of Towns from Rumford to 
Connecticut River, Humblv she~a;i?ig: That where-as the 
Province of the Massachusetts in the year 1735, granted sev- 
erall Townships & laid them out from Rumford to Connecticut 
River, among the Rest your Petitioners for services done, ob- 
tained a Grant of a Township of six miles square : Since 
which time your petitioners have laid out Two Divisions of 
Lots & Built a Saw mill thereon S: cleared considerable of 
their Lots & done considerable in order for settling : But so it 
is, that by the determination of his Majesty in Council upon 
the Boundary Line between the Province of the Massachusetts 
& New Hampshire, the said Township lieth to the Northward 
of the s Boundary Line, & in the Government of New Hamp- 
shire : 

Wherefore we your Excely' 3 & Hon 7 " most Humble Petition- 
ers looking upon ourselves as suitable objects of favour & com- 
passion as any of his Majesty's subjects, would therefore humbly 
pray your Excel y & Honors to take our case into your most 
wise & just consideration & alow St confirm unto your most 



•? " - ■ ■ ' — ' ':- -r— 



790 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Humble petitioners the afores d Town ship & give us such suit- 
able & convenient time for bringing forward the setelment as 
your Excel 1 '' & Hon" in your great wisdom shall judge most 
fitt & convenient : And your petitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever pray. 

Thomas Rowell 
Joseph Jewell. 
Essex Almsbury, May 
the 12 : 1742. 



Bounds. 

The Bounds of a Township, called New Almsbury, granted Decem- 
ber 24 t: '»i767, To Jonathan Barnard, &c. Viz. 

Beginning at a place called and known by the name of Contoocook, 
thence running North fifteen degrees West six miles, then running from 
each end of this line west five degrees South six miles, then crossing 
and running over on a strait course from one end of these last men- 
tioned lines, ac the end of the said six miles to the other, so as to make 
up the Quantity of six miles square and no more 

Attest, Geo. Jeffrey, Prop' Cler. 



Meeti?ig of Inhabitants. 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of New Almsbury, so called, legal j 
worn'd and held at their meeting house on Tuesday y e 29 th day of March 
A. D. 1774, at one of the clock in the afternoon, Voted at the above said 
meeting that wee should be glad to have the town incorporated. 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of New Almsbury so called legaly 

worn'd & held at the meeting house on Monday y e 25 day of July A. D. 

1774, at one of the clock in the afternoon, Voted at said meeting that 

Capt. Francis Davis should go and gitt the town incorporated. 

A true Copy taken of the ) ... , ^ . , -., 
o • 4. t> ' 1 r r> j /-Attest Daniel Flanders, 
Society Book of Records / CJ - fof ^ ^^ 



Petition for Incorporation, by Francis Davis. 
Province of ) 

New Hampshire j 

To his Excellency John Wentworth, Esquire, Captain Gen- 
eral, Governor & Commander in Chief in and over his Maj- 
esty's Province of New Hampshire And to the Honorable 
his Majesty's Council : 
The Petition of Francis Davis humbly shews: — That at a 

legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Township of JVew 



TOWN PAPERS WEARE. 79I 

Almsbury on the 25 th day of July last, a vote passed impow- 
■ering your Petitioner to make application to your Excellency 
■& Honors for an Incorporation of said Township. 

Your petitioner therefore humbly prays that the said Town- 
ship of New Almsbury may be incorporated by the following 
Bounds, viz. 

u Beginning at a Place called & known by the Name of Con- 
toocook, thence running north fifteen degrees West six miles, 
then running from each end of this line West five degreesSouth 
six miles, then crossing & running over on a strait course from 
one end of these last mentioned lines at the end of the said six 
miles to the other, so as to make up the Quantity of six miles 
square and no more." 

Your petitioner begs leave to suggest to your Excellency and 
Honors that the said Township consists of upwards of fifty 
Families & settlers, that they have had a Minister settled & 
have paid Province taxes two years, and that their Roads are 
in want of repair. He therefore most humbly prays that your 
Excellency & Honors will grant the Prayer of this his Petition, 
.and as in duty bound he will ever pray. 

Francis Davis. 



WEARE. 



[This town was incorporated September 21, 1764, and received it* 
■name in honor of Hon. Meshech Weare. Ed.] 

Petition of Inhabitants of Hale's Towtz. now Weare. 
Province of ) To his Excellency Bening Wintworth Esq r 
New Hampshire j Capt. General and Governor and com- 
ander in Chief in and over this his Maj- 
esty's Provence of New Hampshier, the Honnourable his 
Majesty's Counsel. 

the Humble Pettition of the Inhabitants of that Tract of 
land known by the name of Halls Tozvn, otherwise called 
Col Weares Town, Humbly shewlih : 

That your Pettitioners are under grate disadvantages for 
want the Prviligs of other Towns in this Provence in chusinge 
Town officers and laying out and manding High-Ways, git- 
ting and supporting a Minister and maney other things, that 
-are Netsetry for the good and Bennrlt of the Town : Where- 



Portsm 3^ Septem 1 " 1774. 



792 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



for your Petitioners Humbly pra\ 
to in Coi prate us into a Town gn 
and Irnmunitys of other Towns 
Petitioners as in Dutey Bound sh 
Dated at Hailes Town this 3 ' d 

Asa Heath 
Stephen George 
Caleb Emory 
Thomas WoYthly 
Nathaniel Corliss 
John Mudget 
Jeremiah Corlles 
yavon ? Quinbe 
William Hutchins 
Josiah Brown 
John Jewell « 



■ your Excelency and Honors, 
lifting us all the Prebilidg& 
in this Provence, and your 
all ever pray, 
ay of April, 1764. 

Jeremiah Allen 
Stephen Emerson 
Stephen Emerson, jr 
Benonv Coben 
Bond Little 
Jacob Jewell 
Abraham Johnson 
Jonathan Atwood 
John Simons 
William Darling. 



WENTWORTH. 



[Wentworth was granted Nov. 1, 1766, to John Page, Esq. and others- 
The paper which follows was found in a mutilated state. It appears to 
be a List of those who had original Rights in the Township of Went- 
worth and made improvements thereon. See MS. Vol. VI. p. 393. 
Ed.] 



Rev d 



* * Those original Rights in the Township of Wentworth 
is improvement made on, viz. 
Mr. Webster. 

— Page owned by the Rev d Mr. M c Clintock 

- March, owned by the Rev a Mr. Noble. 



am Parker Esq. ] 

athan Bachel — 

Elijah True 

Eliphalet Coffin 

David Greeley 

Stephen Edmands 

William Hacket J 

Jacob Bayley Esq. 

Parker Cooper 

Samuel Palmer 

John Colman 

Phillips White 

Capt. Nathaniel Bachelder 

Peter Russell 

Sam* Page 
Sam' Page jun. 
Ephraim Page 
Jonathan Greeley jun 
Enoch Page 
Dier Hook 



Owned by Wm. Hacket & Joseph Page. 



Joseph Eastman 
John White 
Wm. White 
Daniel Fogg 
Henry Merrill 
Isaac Brown & 
Capt. Thomas Elkins 

Stephen Scales 
Josiah Bartlet, Esq 
Theophilus Stevens 
Jonathan Evans 
Wm. True 



Owned by 

Phillips White & 

Sons. 



Owned by 

Samuel White 

Esq r 



TOWiN PAPERS WESTMORELAND. 79$ 



WESTMORELAND. 
.[Formerly called Great Meadows ; was settled in 1741. Ed.] 

Petition of Inhabitants. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants now resident at the Great 
Meadows on Connecticut river with other the inhabitants be- 
low on the said River, to the Gentlemen Petitioners for the 
Equivalent Land lying on the. western side of the said River, 
conven'd at Worcester May the i$ ta 1752. 

Gentlemen — We have made this place the constant and 
settled place of our abode for several years before the last 
French and Indian War and have sustained many distressing" 
losses from the French and Indian enemy during the time and 
continuance of the s ; war; Particularly our houses were 
burned, our cattle kill'd, some of our persons captivated and' 
others put to death ; we were confined to the small inclosure 
of a Garrison or Fort in which we were harried with the con- 
tinual Incursions of the Enemv : wee were deprived of the 
advantage of our cropps by reason of the constant lurking of 
the Enemy, and not having souldiers sufficient for so small a 
number of Inhabitants to remain immoveable were obliged to 
withdraw and desert our habitation which we enjoy'd peaca- 
bly not as tenants to any gentlemen whatsoever, but in free- 
hold as others of his Majesties faithful and loyal subjects ; and 
upon our leaving our Fort immediately the Enemy burn'd the 
same down to the ground to our greater Damage with near the 
one half of our goods then present on the spott. After our 
departure we remained in the warrs for subsistance for our- 
selves and familys who was then without habitation. 

And now we are informed of the goodness of the Gentle- 
men Petitioners for the said Equivalent land in which we 
abide, that there is room left for such as wee to come in with 
them as proprietors to the said land, and hereupon wee send 
that we may have the same conferr'd on us. which we do now re- 
questand petition for hoping as this is seasonably sent to the pro- 
prietors by the first opportunity wee had, do hope you will please 
to take into deep consideration these our past difficulties afore 
mentioned, and but just hinted at, you'll do by us accordingly, 
as also, inasmuch too, as we were absent but part of the 
space of two years from the said land : and wee do also Cer- 
tify you, gentlemen, that wee were at the entire cost and 
expence of our Fort ourselves without the help of any person 
or persons whatsoever, but particularly Major Willard or any 
of his Relations whatsoever, which we are ready further to 
confirm by our Oaths ; and forasmuch as some of us hath 



794 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

been settled on the spot for near fourteen years past without 
molestation or hindrance, and some of us hath lost three 
houses past and now live in the fourth house, to our further 
Expence ; — Therefore wee humbly Leave the same with you 
Gentlemen and hope to hear an answer from you to our satis- 
faction, wishing and praying you the full and perfect grant 
according to your petition, and conclude ourselves, Gentlemen, 
jour most Humble and Obliged Petitioners & ser vt 

These now living f Joseph Perry 
at the Great < Stephen Davis 
Meadows. ( Phillip Alexander 

Dwelling (John Alexander 
on the 1 Michal Gibson 
Land (Moses Wright. 
To the Gentlemen Petitioners for the Great Meadows. 
Great Meadows, May 4, 1752. 



WILTON. 

[The first settlement in this town was made in 1738, by three families 
from Danvers, Ms., two by the name of Putnam, and one by the name 
of Dale. The town was incorporated. June 25, 1762, and derived its 
name from an ancient borough in Wiltshire, Eng. Before incorpora- 
tion it was called No. 2. Ed.] 

Deed from ^Joseph Blanchard, Esq. 

Province of \ Pursuant to Power and Authority granted & vested 
New Hampshier f in me by the Proprieters of Lands purchased of 
John Tufton Mason Esq r in the Province of New 
Hampshier by their votes passed at their meeting 
held at Portsmouth in said Province the 16 Day of 
June A : D. 1749 : 
I DO, By these Presents, on the terms and conditions hereafter ex- 
press'd, Give and Grant unto Thomas Read, Esq" Rob 1 Fletcher. Jun., 
Joseph Blanchard, Jun., Oliver Coiburn, Oliver Ferwel, John Usher, 
Thomas Spalden. John Lovel, jun. Peter Powers, Humphrey Hobs, 
John Combs, Joseph Blodget, Sam' Fowl, Josiah Swan, Ezra Carpen- 
ter, Jonathan Cumings, Thomas Parker, jun John Farnum, Will™ Fos- 
ter, Rev 1 Mr. Thomas Parker, Josiah Butterfield, Anthony Emery, Ben- 
jamin Parker, jun. Nehemiah Abbot, Sam' Greeley, Benjamin Ferwell, 
Oliver Whiting, Joseph Richardson, Benj :: Ferley, John Kindall, Abra- 
ham Kindal, David Adams, Joseph French, Elizur Blanchard, Zacheus 
Lovwel, Sam 1 Ferley, Will™ Cumings, Jonathan Powers, Sam 1 Cum- 
ings, Archelus Dale, Jacob Putnam, Nathan Putnam, John Dale, 
Stephen Heriman, John Shed and Ephraim Putnam: — all the rights 
title and property of the Grantors aforesaid, of, in, and to all that part 



TOWN PAPERS — WILTON. 795 

of a Township or Tract of Land in the Province of New Hampshier 
afore s d , containing Five miles square, Lying on the branches of 
Souhegan River, between Peter-Borough & Monson, Bounded as fol- 
lows : Beginning at the South West Corner of the Premises at a White 
Pine Tree which is the North West Corner of the Township No. I, and 
runs from thence North Five Miles to a White Ash mark'd ; from thence 
East Five Miles to a Stake and Stones : from thence South five miles to 
a Chestnut Tree Mark'd; from thence West Five miles to the white 
Pine tree first mentioned : Which s' 1 Township is laid out & Drawn for 
& ascertained to each Grantee respectively ; Also, two Lots for encour- 
agement of or Building of Mills, and three shears for Publick use, Viz. 
one for the first settled minister, one for the Ministry, and one for the 
School there forever : which said shares and Lots to be the same as 
drawn and allready entered in the Schedule and Plan hereunto annexed, 
unto them respectively & to their heirs and Assigns ; To have and to 
hold, on the following terms and condition and Limitations, and on 
them only, — that is to say, That a Meeting-house be built on the Lot 
No. ii in the Fifth range, and that in the South West Corner of s' 1 Lott 
there be six acres of Land in a square for me Reserved, & apropriated 
for the Publick use of those who Do or shall hereafter Inhabit in s 1 
Township; that the remaining lands not entered to the Grantees in the 
Schedule & Plan as afore specified in the Bounds of the Township, 
be and hereby are reserved to & for the use of the Grantors of the Prem- 
ises, their Heirs & assigns forever, free and clear from all charges, tax 
or Incumbrance of settlement, untill their or any of their Parts are im- 
proved respectively by their or some some holding under them ; the 
aforesaid named Grantees exclusive of their Publick Lotts, shall carry 
on, perform and make settlement at their one expence in the following 
manner, viz. That there be all Necessary High ways laid out in said 
Town where they will be most convenient, without any pay or allow- 
ance to those Grantor, Grantors or Grantees, through whose Land the 
same shall go, that the Grantees build a convenient house for the pub- 
lick worship of God there, and finish the same at or before the last day 
of Nov r 1752 for the use of those who shall then or afterward inhabit 
there; that they the s ! Grantees after Five years from the Date hereof 
maintain Preaching there.; that there be on some one Lot of each of 
Forty of said Grantees shears, 3 acres of Land cleared enclosed and fits 
ted so far as is Profitable for mowing or Tillage, at or before the las; 
Day of November 1751, and each of the said Lotts to be cleared a- 
afores j to be settled, having a House of sixteen feet square at the least, 
and seven feet stud or more, with a chimney and a ceilar finished and 
fitted for a comfortable dwelling therein, at or before the last day of 
May 1752, & some family or person inhabiting or Residing in s (i dwell- 
ing House, & they or some other in each of their stead continue resid- 
ing there untill the last of May 1755; that the owners of the said Forty 
settling shears have on each of their Rites respectively three acres of 
land more in like manner fitted, at or before the last day of November 
1752; and the like quantity anually for two years next coming; that 
the remaining Five Rights or shears of the" Grantees aforesaid, viz. 
Oliver Ferwell, Benjamin Ferwell, Joseph Blanchard, jun. Elizur 
Blanchard, and one Right of Robert Fletcher jun. Excused from the 
duty of building improving or settling untill the last day of Nov 1 " I755» 
and then to have the whole performed as others at that time ; that each 
of the s : Grantees at the executing this Instrument, pay their thirty 
Pounds cash old Tennor to Defray the Necessary charges arisen & aris- 
ing in bringing forward the settlement, to be Disposed in the hands of 
6uch person as they shall apoint, being a Resident and Freeholder in 
said Province ; that the aforesaid Grantees or their Assigns, Assess such 



796 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Joseph Blanchard. 



Seal. 



Note, by the Editor. The Plan and Schedule above referred to-, 
containing- the Names of the Grantees and the lots drawn by them, is 
annexed to the above Deed of conveyance, but it is impracticable to 
print it in form, without engraving. [See said Plan on MS. p. 302 of 
Town Papers, Vol. VI.] 



further sum or sums of money equally in proportion to their Rights, oft 
the share of -each Grantee, exclusive of the three Publick Lotts, as may 
be necessary carrying on & corn-pleating any of the Publick matters in 
making the settlement: aforesaid, and on the failure of the Payment for 
the space of three months after such Tax or assessment is agreed upon 
& Posted up at such place or places as the Proprietors, the grantees 
aforesaid, shall appoint, to Give Notis for calling Proprietors Meetings, 
shall so much of such Delinquents Rights respectively be Disposed of 
by a Committee chosen by the Major part of the Grantees for chat pur- 
pose, as will pay the s J Tax & all charges arising thereon, and in case 
any of s d Grantees shall Neglect or Refuse to pay or perform any of the 
articles aforementioned, he shall forfeit his shear and Ri^ht in said 
Township to those of the Grantees who shall not then be delinquent in 
the Performance of the condition enjoined, and it shall and may be Law- 
ful for them by their agent or agents appointed by the major part of 
those not Delinquent, for that purpose enter into & upon the Right of 
such Delinquent Owners and him to amove out and expel for their heirs 
and assigns, Provided they settle such Delinquents Rights within the 
term of one year after the" Period that is by the Indenture stipulated as 
the condition of the Grant, and fully comply with tne whole of the Dut/ 
such Delinquent ought to have done, within the term of one year irom 
time to time after the respective period thereof; in case they omit com- 
plying as afors 1 in that term as afors', that ali such Delinquents Right 
shall evert and belong to the Grantors, their heirs & assigns for ever, 
free from all • incumbrance of settlement or charge, always Provided 
there be no Indian War within any of the terms and Limitations afors J , 
for doing the Duty conditions in this Grant, and in case that should 
hapen, the same time be alowed for the respective matters afors 1 , after 
such impediment shall be removed; That all White Pine Trees lit for 
masting his ?vlajesties Royal Navy, be & are hereby granted to his Maj- 
esty his heirs & successors forever. 

Lastly, The said Grantors do hereby Promise to the Grantees, their 
heirs & assigns, to Defend through the Law to the King & Council, if 
need be. one action that shall and may be brought against them or any 
number of them by any person or persons whatsoever claiming the s d 
land or any part thereof 'by any other title than that of the s l Grantors 
or that by which they hold and derive theirs from, Provided the said 
Grantors are avoutched in to Defend the same and that in case on Final 
Tryal the same shall be Recovered against the Grantors, the Grantees 
shall Recover nothing over against the Grantors for the said Lands, 
Improvement or Expence in bringing forward the Settlement. 

In witness whereof, I, the subscriber, Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable, 
have hereunto set my Hand & Seal this First Day of October 1749. 



TOWN PAPERS WILTON. 797, 

Petit io n fo r In co rp oratio n . 
Ixelb' Bening Wentworth, Esq. Gov r &c. in the Prov- 
ince of New Hamp" and the Honourable his Majesty's 
Council of said Province : 

The Petition of us the subscribers being Inhabitants of a 
Tract of Land in said Province of the contents of five miles, 
square called and known by the name of Num' 2 ; which 
Township bounds Northerly on Lyndeborough westerly & 
Southerly on Peterborough Slip and Num 1, Easterly on y* 
Mason's Grant not taken up — which Tract of land is consid- 
erably settled Sc Improved, and is this year Taxed to the Prov- 
ince with other Towns : 

We would therefore Humbly request of your Excell 7 & 
Hon that we may be Incorporated into a Township and be 
invested with such Privileges and Immunities as other Towns 
have and do Enjoy in this Province, for y ' more easy carrying 
on our Public affairs etc. and that the said Corporation maybe 
Bounded according to the Grant of the said Township, and 
your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 
June iS, 1761. 

James Man Henry Snow 

John Cram. William Gibson 

Jonathan Stevens Samuel Kinkeed 

Heaziah Hamlet William Mansur 

Elexander Milicen Robert Smith 

John Deale William Vance 

John Burton Robert Renken 

Philip Putnam David Barker 

Jacob Putnam Samuel Mansur 

Ebenezer Perry John Daveson 

Jonathan Grele Benjamin Thomson. 
Hugh Smylie 

Note.— The Town was incorporated, next year> by the name of 
Wilton. Ed. 



Province of ) To the Gen 1 Assembly of the Province of New 
New Hamp r j" hamp r 

Humbly shczveth us the Subscribers, that in the year .1761, 
we were selectmen for the Town of Monson, and as such took 
an Inventory of the Poles and Estates of the Inhabitants of 
the Township of Number two, and Returned it to the Sec** 
office in Ports' according to the Direction given us in the Or- 
ders from the Assembly relating the same, which service took 
us. two days each^ for which, we charge sixteen pounds old 



7<$ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Ten r and beg the same may be allow'd & paid to Joseph 
Blanchard — which much oblige y r most ob c Serv t3 

Nathan Hutchinson 
Benj* Kenrick. 
Octo r 8, 1764. 



Province of VIn the House of Representatives, Feb>" 7 th 1765. 
New Hamp r J The above Petition being read, 

Voted, That it be allowed and paid to their order Joseph Blanchard, 
Esq. sixteen shillings proclamation money out of the Treasury. 

165. A. Clarkson, Clerk. 

In Council, March 6 :h 1765. 



Read & concurred. 



WINCHESTER. 



T. Atkinson, Jun. Sec*. 

Consented to B. Wentworth. 



[This town was originally granted and settled under Massachusetts, 
and first was called Arlington. It was chartered by New Hampshire 
July 2, 1753, to Josiah Willard (1) and others, who had effected a set- 
tlement as early as 1732. Ed.] 



Petition for Incorporation. 

Province of } Portsmouth, Feb. 29, 1750. 

New Hampshire ) To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, 
Esq 1 ' Captain General & Commander in 

Chief in & over his Majesty's s a Province, and to the Hon bl 

his Majesties Council of said Province : 

The Petition of Josiah Willard Esq 1 * in behalf of himself & 
others Inhabitants & settlers of a Place called Winchester, bor- 
dering on Connecticut River within this Province, humbly 
sheiveth : 

That your Petitioners were induced about eighteen years 
ago to go into the Wilderness to settle & improve the afore- 
said Tract of Land, being told it was within the Mass 1 gov- 
ernment, which Government made them & Predecessors a 
Grant of the Land, as by a Plan herewith exhibited the 
Bounds may appear, & also invested them with all the Powers 
& Priveleges of a Town within the said Government of the 
Massachusetts aforesaid ; That in consequence hereof about 

(1) There is a tradition that Josiah Willard, one of the principal grantees, 
refused to have Dartmouth College located ia Winchester, on the around that it 
would have a tendency to depreciate the value of his possessions! Ed. 



TOWN PAPERS WINCHESTER. 799- 

fifty Families have at sundry times settled & made Improve- 
ments there, that above forty dwelling Houses were built on 
the same & a meeting House for the publick Worship, & a 
minister settled there (i): But so it happened that by ascer- 
taining the divisional Line between this government & that 
of the Massachusetts, the said Town fell to y- Northward of 
y 8 said Line & consequent! v within this his Majesties Govern- 
ment ; in consequence of which we had no Power of trans- 
acting any Town affairs such as choosing Town officers, mak- 
ing & collecting assessments for defraying the charge of the 
Ministry, school, Poor, making & clearing Roads &c : That 
they have once had all their private Buildings & meeting- 
House burnt by the Enemy & were forced to retire with ex- 
ceeding great loss ; that since the Peace they are collected & 
got upon the Premises again & have many Houses built & 
more building, but for want of Town Privileges as above, are 
in a most unsettled & uncomfortable situation. 

Wherefore Pray, that your Excellency and Honours would 
be graciously pleased to grant them a Charter of Incorpora- 
tion (with all such Town privileges as are usually granted to 
other Towns in this Province) agreeable to the Bounds de- 
scribed in the Plan herewith exhibited (2), which are the 
same as heretofore they imagined to be their Bounds: — & 
your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 

JOSIAH WlLLARD. 



Petition for relief. 
Province of ) To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r 
New Hamp r } Gov r Sec. in & over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hamp r the Hon bl his Majesty's Coun- 

cill & House of Rep- S in Gen 1 Assembly convened : 

Josiah Willard of Winchester in the Province of New 
Hamp' in behalf of himself & the Inhabitants on Connecticut 
River & towns adjacent within this Province wou'd most hum- 
bly remonstrate : — 

That there is began and a considerable progress made in 
settlement of the Towns on that river for near forty miles to 
the Northward of the Massachusetts line, as well as several! 
other settlements about ten miles distant from said River : 

That they are left exposed to the cruelty and depredations 
of the Indians — late instance thereof they have had — and 

(1) The first minister was Rev. Joseph Ashley, a graduate of Yale College in 1730; 
was ordained Nov. 12, 1TM; removed in 1717, on account of the Indian war. Ed. 

(2) The Plan is not found by the Editor, in this connection. 



8oo 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



apprehend themselves in the utmost hazard of suffering by/ 
their hands, unless some proper defence can be made by this 
Govern* : 

That in the French war the greatest part of those Towns 
were left defenceless, drove of, their forts & Buildings & much 
of their Estate destroyed by y : Indians, besides the Slaughter 
& captivation of y* Inhabitants : 

That they have vigorously renewed their settlement since 
that war, and are now upwards of two hundred familys, the 
greatest part of whose Estates are wholly there, and' if con- 
straint (for want of Defence) to make that part of the Prov- 
ince a dereliction, they will be left in very distressing circum- 
stances as well as the Frontier much increased : 

That the contiguous parts of the Frontier of the Massachu- 
setts are amply Defended by a number of their troops em- 
ployed there, so that we at present are the only easy prey the- 
Indians can have : — 

Wherefore 'tis most humbly requested, that y r Excellency & 
Hoiv ' wou'd consider of the Premises & grant them necessary 
& speedy Relief: — which is most humbly submitted by y r Ex- 
cellency* & Hon r: most humble and most obedient serv 1 

JOS I AH WlLLARD. 

Portsmo', Jan r 3' 1755. 

In Council, Jan> 16, 1755. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon bl Assembly recommend 11 
Theodore Atkinson, Sec>. 



WINDHAM. 



[Windham formerly belonged to Londonderry, and was incorporated 
as a Parish February 12, 1742. It was the third Parish of London- 
derry. Ed.] 



Note. — Sundry papers relating to Windham, with Mr. Bryent's Plan: 
of the Parish, may be found among the Londonderry Papers — which 
see. Ed. 



Petition of yames Reid and William Parker. 
Province of ] To his Excelency Jonathan Belcher Esq 1 ' Gov- 
New Hamp r ) ernor & Commander in Chief in and over his- 
Majestys Province of New Hampshere in 
New England, the Hon 1 ' his Majesty's Council & House of 
Representatives for said Province in General Court con- 
vened, the 31^ Day of July Anno Dom. 1740. 
Hu?nbly s/ie-zv, James Reed of Londonderry in the Prov- 



7n the House of Representatives, Aug 5t y« 5 th 1740. 

The within Petition was read and voted, that the prayer of the Peti- 
tion be granted, and that John McMurphv, Geo: Duncan, jun. & 
James Akins be the p'sons to call the first meeting on the first Wednes- 
day in September next: and that the Petitioners have liberty to bring 
in a Bill Accordingly. 

James Jeffrey, Clk. ass 01 
In Council, Eod 11 die. 

Read & concurred. 

Rich d Waldron, Sec*. 
Same day, Assented to. J. Belcher. 

5* 



TOWN PAPERS — WINDHAM. 80t 

ince of New Hampshire, yeoman 8c William Parker of Ports- 
"mouth in said Province, Gent, as agents for and in behalf of 
the new Parish in said Londonderry: — 

That at the last Session of this Hon'" 1 Court sundry of the 
Inhabitants of Londonderry afores d exhibited a Petition pray- 
ing that they (with others) might be erected & incorporated 
into a new Parish with the usual Powers & authorities granted 
in the like cases : 

That accordingly an Act was past by which a new Parish 
"was erected & incorporated within, said Londonderry by cer- 
tain metes & bounds set forth in the said Act with the usual 
powers & authorities of a Parish, by which Act the first meet- 
ing of the said Parishioners was to have been in March last; 
But so it happen'd that no Persons were named 8c appointed 
to call the first meeting in 8c bv said Act, tho' a blank is there- 
in left for the names of such Persons as this Hon 1 Court 
should sec meet to appoint ; Whereby the ends & purposes of 
the said Act are intirely prevented and can in no measure take 
effect until something farther shall be done in the premises. 

Wherefore your Petitioners in behalf of their principals 
most humbly pray that proper persons may be appointed to 
■call the first meeting of the said Parishioners, and that they 
may be enabled to call the same forthwith, and that when the 
said Parishioners are assembled they may have the same 
power and authority as if their meeting had been held in 
March last, 8c the officers that shall be chosen at the same as 
fully impower'd to discharge the duty of their respective of- 
fices for the remaining part of the curr year & until new ones 
shall be chosen as if they had been chosen in March last pur- 
suant to the said Act; — And y r Petitioners as in duty bound 
shall ever pray, &c. 

James Re id 
William Parker 



S02 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Incorporation of Windham as a Parish. 

Anno Regni Regis Georgii Secundi Magna? Britanix% Francize and: 
Hibernia?, Decimo Quarto &c. 

An Act for Incorporating a New parish in the Township of London- 
erry in the Province of New Hampshire. 

Whereas sundry of the Inhabitants of the Southern part of London- 
derry aforesaid have petitioned this Court representing their circum- 
stances to be such as made it necessary to Incorporate them into a new- 
parish & that the other part of the Town was willing they should be so 
Incorporated by the Boundaries particularly set forth in their Petition, 
and praying that it might be accordingly done : — which Representation 
having been examined by this Court and found true as to the substance? 
thereof: 

Be it therefore Enacted, By his Excellency the Governour, Council 
and Representatives in General Court Assembled, and by the authority 
of the same It is hereby Enacted and ordained, that a new Parish shall ! 
be erected in the said township of Londonderry and hereby incorpo- 
rated, and made by the name of Wind/iam, and is comprehended within 
the following metes and Boundaries, (viz.) Beginning at the Dwell- 
ing House of one John Hopkins of said Londonderry, yeoman and? 
from thence running on a due west course to Beaver brook so called : 
then beginning aga'in at the said house at the place where it began be- 
fore (so as to have the said house to y e Northward) and from thence to 
run on a due East course till it Comes to y-" Easterly line of said Lon- 
donderry, thence to run as said Line runs till it comes to the southerly 
boundary of said Londonderry, then to run to Westward as the said 
boundary runs till it comes to the said Brook, and then to run as the- 
eaid Brook run? untill it comes to the place on the said Brook where 
the said West line runs across the same : — Excepting out of these lim- 
its the polls and estates of John Archibald, James Clark, James Moor,. 
John Hopkin, and John Cochran and their respective families : And 
the said Parish shall be and hereby is invested with all the powers and 
Authorities that y J several! Towns in this Province are invested with, 
and likewise shall have, hold and enjoy the same priviledges, immu- 
nities and liberties that the said towns hold and enjoy by the Laws and 
customs in use and force within the Same : Saving only the chusing 
of a Representative in the General Court, in which matter the Inhab- 
itants of s 11 Parish are to joyn with the other Inhabitants of said town; 
as also in what concerns the Common Lands in the said township; 
And the Inhabitants of the said Parish and the Estates within the same 
(saving those before excepted — ) are hereby exonerated & discharged 
of and from all duties, services and burthens; — and the payment of 
all taxes, rates and charges to any other part of the said town. Except- 
ing what relates to sending and supporting a Representative at the 
General Court, the dividing or managing the Common Lands aforesaid 
and such taxes, rates and charges as are already proportioned, assessed 
within the said town. 

And Be it further Enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That Robert 
Dinsmoor, Joseph Waugh and Robert Thomson are hereby authorized 
and appointed to call the first meeting of the Inhabitants' of the said 
Parish on the eighth day of March next; in the performance of which 
as also in the management and Regulation of the said meeting, The 
laws relating to such matters and the customs in force in said Province 
are to be attended and observed : And the officers that shall be chosen 
by the said Inhabitants at the said meeting regulated as aforesaid, shall 
be and hereby are authorized and impowered, being first qualified Ac- 



TOWN PAPERS WINDHAM. 803 

cording- to Law, to execute, observe, do and fulfill all and singular the 
authority's, powers and duty's, and hold and enjoy the privileges, profits 
and immunities appertaining to their respective offices, that such offi- 
cers in the several towns aforesaid execute, hold and enjoy and as 
effectually to all intents and purposes ; — provided that the inhabitants 
of the said Parish shall from time to time provide, maintain and sup- 
port an orthodox minister of the Gospel among them : 

Febuary, y e 10, 1741. In the house of Representatives the above Bill 
read three times and past to be enacted. 

Andrew Wiggin, Speaker.- 
FebF 12, 1741-2. Read three times at y e Council Board and past to 
be enacted. 

Richard Waldron, Sec y . 
Feb? 12, 1741-2. I assent to the enacting this Bill. 

B. Wentworth. 
(A true Copy— Attest— 

Sam : Campbel, Clerk.) 



Deposition of James Gilmore. 
The Deposition' of fames Gilmore of lawful age, doth testify & say 
that he being Constable in Windham for the year 1743, collected the 
Province tax of all the Inhabitants within s d Parish in its original 
bounds, committed to his List. 

James Gilmore. 



Certificate. [A rare specimen.] 

Province of^ Sallam. January the 19th, year 1757? than the a bove 
New hamp r j named Jemes Gillmor apeard Before me and Being care- 
fully Eaxamind to and casined to tastify the holl truth mad sollam oth 
to the truth of the above writen Dickclarison By him him subscribed 
it Being taken at the Request of Oliver Sanders to Be yousd in the Jen- 
erill A Samble of said Province Realting to a patision loged with the 
said a sambly Relating to the Destrickt Raats of Methuen for an ax- 
amshun from said Rates. 

Sworn Before me this Day and Dat above menshuned. 

Daniel Peaslee, just of the pece. 



[A similar Deposition was made by John Vance, constable, of col- 
lecting taxes, in 1747 5 which was also certified by Daniel Peaslee, in 
form as above, Jan>' 20, 1757. Ed.] 



"1 



: JB&4 fcTEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition in relation to an irregular Parish nieeiing. 
To his Excellency Bennihg Wentworth, Esq r Capt. General, 

Governor -& Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 
. 'Province of New Hampshire, the Hon ble his Majesty's 

'Council & House of Representatives for said Province in 

General Assembly Convened, the n i!1 day of Decemb r 1746. 

The Humble Petition of sundry of the Freeholders & In- 
habitants of the Parish of Windham in said Province, she-jus : 

That the selectmen of said Parish for the current year, by 
their Warrant or Notification dated the 20 th of June last, called 
a meeting of the Inhabitants <£ Freeholders of the same, to 
have been hoiclen on the 7 th day of July following, but held in 
September last by adjournment, for the following purposes, 
viz. First, to see what Encouragement they would give for 
the settling of a Gospel Minister among them & what yearly 
salary. 2 diy to consider what sum might be proper to be raised 
for the maintenance of the Gospel among them according to 
their former way, or whatever else they might then think nec- 
essary. 

Pursuant to which the meeting was afterwards held by 
'adjournment as aforesaid & Voted on the first article of 
the Warrant to give Mr. Wm. Johnson (a gentleman who has 
preached there) the sum of three hundred pounds Old Tenor 
settling money, &: two hundred pounds yearly salary. 2 dly , 
Voted on the last article of the Warrant, not to raise any 
"money according to their former manner. 

That there would not have been a majority of the Votes in 
'favour of those Resolves had more been admitted to Vote but 
^uch as were qualified, but by admitting of disqualified Per- 
sons matters were carried against the majority, or at least an 
equal number of qualified voters : 

That the said Meeting being a special or particular meeting 
nothing should have been transacted there but what was ex- 
pressly mentioned in the warrant for calling of the same ; and 
,.your Petitioners humbly conceive that neither of the articles 
-mentioned in the said warrant could authorize the voters at 
that meeting to make choice of a man to be their minister, nor 
to give an invitation to any particular person to settle among 
them in that relation & whenever a meeting is calFd for that 
purpose being a point of great weight & Consequence ought 
always to be expressly set forth in the warrant as part of the 
intended business of the meeting & not to be comprised under 
any general expressions whatsoever. 

That your petitioners apprehend, should such a design be 
fairly Notified & the meeting Regularly conducted, there 
would be a majority of the Votes against the choice aforesaid 
& in order to obtain such a meeting more than twenty-five of 






TOWN PAPERS— WINDHAM. S05.; 

the Inhabitants & Freeholders of the said Parish have since 
petition'd the select men afores' 1 for that purpose & mention'd> 
in their petition sundry articles they would have inserted in 
the Notification for calling the Meeting: But the Selectmen, 
have refused & utterly denied to do it : — all which with manyv 
other matters respecting the managenr of said meeting too, 
tedious to be here inserted your petitioners conceive to be just- 
matter of grievance & complaints Wherefore they Humbly 
pray that the meeting held as aforesaid may be declared to be, 
irregular & illegal & the proceedings thereof Null & Void; 
that a new meeting may be called for the purposes mentioned 
in the Petition to the selectmen afores d (a copy of which shall 
be produced,) and some indifterentsuitahle person beappointed 
to govern the said meeting, that so the minds of the Parish- 
may be truly known relating to the matter in Dispute, and 
thereby a variety of Law-suits prevented: And your petition- 
ers as in duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 

William Jameson ■ William Jameson jun 

Samuel Armour. William Gregg 

Daniel Clyde John Kyle 

Henery Campbell John Dinsmoor, jun. 

Francis Smiley Hugh Graham 

Robert Dinsmoor John Waddell 

Robert Hopkins Thomas Campbell 

William Campbell Authur Graham 

Joseph Clyde John Willson 

Hugh Clyde Samuel Smith 

Robert Spear John Armstrong 

Francis Dinsmoor John Campbell 

Samuel Campbell John Mckay 

John Dinsmoor David Gregg. 



la Council, December u^ 1746. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to y e Hon^ House. 
Theod. Atkinson, Sec. 
Prov. of New) T jLl ,. „ »' -■ ':'_ 

Hampshire 1 House ot Representatives, Dec. n, 1746. 

Voted, That the within Petitioners be heard on the within Petition, 
the third day of the sitting of the General Assembly aftery J seventeenth, 
day of January next & that s d Petitioners at their'own cost serve the. 
select men of s 1 Windham with a Copy of this Petition & this order of 
Court, that they may appear & shew cause if any they have why the= 
prayer of s J Petition'shouid not be granted. 



In Council, December 13^ 1746. 
Read 6c concurrd. 

Theod e Atkinson, Sec*, 
Eodem Die, Assented to 



D. Peirce, Ok. 



B. Wentworth. 



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806 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

! 

Province of > Windh Janu:ir7 the #> 1750. . 
New Hampshirj ' J ' T ■ /o 

Agreeable to a voate. of the town att their meetting the 2i 3t of De- 
cember last, att which meetting it was voated to have an alteration of 
the line between Windham and Salem, and said Line having been Run 
to the content of both towns and no person having been chosen att said 
meetting to have the line confirmed between both Towns, we the sub- 
scribers being select men of Windham do appoint our trusty friend Sam- 
uel Campbell to act in the town of Windham's Behalf in our place to 
have s 1 Line confirmed by the Governor and Councel of s d Province as 
witness our hand the day & year above. 

John Wilson 
Joseph Clyd, 
Selectmen. 



Province of ) , Tr . ,, * -1 

New Hamp^} Windham ' A P nI ^ x 75<>. 

By virtue of a Warrant Granted by the Selectmen of Windham afore- 
said, and directed to the Constable of s l Windham, to call a meeting of 
the Inhabitants & freeholders of s l Parish, bearing deat November the 
5, 1747, to be held the twintith day of s J month the said meatting Being 
lawfully caled and held at Windham, afores 1 and after consideration of 
s a warrant 

Voated to petition the General Court of s l Province to have the In- 
habitants liveing on the South East side of Policy Pond so caled to Bear 
and pay their equal part of all publick taxes with the other Inhabitants 
of s d Parish, or to have them disannexed intirely from us and an addi- 
tion mead to us else where as it shall be thought most proper. 

A true copy, Pr. 



Paper relating to an Order from Court. 
Province of 1 TTr . ,, ,, 

New Hampshire }^ indham ' Ma >' ? W9' 

Pershuant to an order from his Excelency Benning Wentworth, Esq r 
and the honarable his Majestes Councel to' the parish of Windham, to 
appear at Portsmouth the ninth instant to shew cause if any they had 
why the prayer of a petition preferred by Joseph Peasly Esq 1 ' and other 
Inhabitants of Methuen district should not be granted. We the sub- 
scribers Being inhabitants and freeholders of Windham afore" 1 do hereby- 
manifest our willingness that the prayer of s 1 Petition should be granted, 
But not to have the said petitioners pozvled from us By any means Be- 
cause of the evel consequences that have subsisted amongst us about the 
place of the meetting house and other affairs. 

David Gregg Hugh Smith 

Henry Campbell Sam' Smith, jun 

Thomas Rickv John Graham 

Sam 1 Campbell John Waddel 

John Cambell John M Cay 

Henry Cambell, jun Wm M Cay 

John Boyd John Kyll 

John Gregg Will a Gregg 

Hugh Graham John Armstrong 

Thomas Campbell Hugh Clyde 

Sam 1 Smith Daniel Clyd 



TOWN PAPERS — WINDHAM. 



807 



John Clvd 
Hugh Brown 
Joseph Waugh 
Will™ Waugh 
Nathinel Hemphill 
James Dimlap 
James Caldwell 
James Caldwell, jun 



Samuel Oyd 
John Kann 
Georg Davison 
Robert Hemphill 
James Gait 
Peter Daveson 
Clem'' ? Dun lap 
John Wilson. 



Windham' 's caveat against Afethuen. 

To his Excellency Bcning Wentworth, Capt. Generall and 
Governor in Chief in and over his M'ajesties Province of 
Newhampshire, and the Honorable his Majesties Counsel 
now sitting in Portsmouth. 

The humble suplication of us the Inhabitants of Windham, 
humbly skezueth — 

That whereas your Exc r & Honors have established the 
Bounds and under God has prevented the alteration of the- 
shape of our town or Parish when a fue disaffected persons 
who were uneasy by Reason of the Sate for a meeting house 
not being to their liking, did endeavour to make a shism and 
destroy our little parish, and now hearing as the story came 
yesterday to be pubiick that some such Desine is affoot to the 
alteration of the shape of things with us, and that one of our 
disaffected bretherin with the consent of some others of his 
taste is gon Down to Portsmouth clandestinely on this affair, 
and if he appears before your Excell y and Honours knowing 
the man we expect nothing else but that there will be a mis- 
representation of our town and the present sircumstances of it 
made: Therefore to prevent his ill natured satisfaction and 
to preserve the shape and Christean liberty and property of 
our town or parish we shue to your Excell y and- Honours who 
are and have been able under God to preserve the being and 
order of it in spite of shismaticks who disturb the peace and 
unity of Sociateas ; and be it known to your Excellency and 
Honours that our Desirs in this is not in the least to oblidge a 
Congregationall Brother to pay to the suport of our Presbyte- 
rian Minister but chearfully allowing as was some time since 
represented to your Excellency and Honours, the same Liberty 
to the Congregationalls in Windham as is to the Presbyterians in 
Chester, (viz.) to pay our own Minister, and so your petition- 
ers relying on your Excell } ' and Honors care and goodness in 
these things, as you are the being we are to flie to under our 
Difficulties in preserving our town in its form and proper 
order: So as in Duty bound shall ever pray. 
Alexander Park Robert Park 

Alexander Park, jun. Robert Spear 



8qS 



NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



Francis Dinsmore 
John Dinsmore 
James Brown 
Will " Jamison 
Sarr.ell Armor 
Gain Armour 
Jonathan Morison 
Thomas Jamison 
James Brown 
Sam ! Morison 
John Cristy 
Jphn Vance 
John Cochran 
Samuel Adams 
John Dauson (i) 



William Adams 
Alexander Simpson 
David Bolton 
Adam Templeton 
Francis Smvlie 
William Bolton ' 
John Morrow 
Samuel Kinkeed 
Nathan Man 
James Gillmor 
Hugh S my lie 
John Steuart 
William Thomb 
William Smylie 
William Jameson. 



Warrant for a Tozvn meeting at Windham. 
•Ke w H am p s h i re : 
To the Constable of the Parish of Windham in said Province, Greet- 



W T hereas complaint is made to us the subscribers two of his Majesties 
Justices of the Peace for the Province aforesaid, "by upwards of thirty 
of the freeholders and Inhabitants of Windham aforesaid, That the 

Selectmen of said have unreasonably denied and refused to 

grant a parish meeting in the Distre'st circumstances that the parish 
are in at present and the said petitioners having applyed to us for Re- 
lief as the law directs, &c. 

These are therefore in his Majesties name to command you forthwith 
tonotifie and warn the freeholders and inhabitants of Windham afore- 
said qualified by Law to assemble and meet at Samuel MacAdams Barn 
in Windham aforesaid upon Friday the eighth day of June next at ten 
of the Clock in the forenoon, then and th-^re, 

I st To chuse a Moderator for said meeting. 

? dI 7 To see if the parish Will prefer a petition to his Excelency our 
Governor and to the Honourable his Mijesties Council for the Prov- 
ince aforesaid in order to have our pari->h restored to its former bounds 
and to act thereon as they shall see cause. 

3 lJ1 y To see if they will chuse some titt parson or persons as an agsnfc 
or agents to prefer said Petition and prosecute the same before his Ex- 
celency and Honours, and for your so doing this shall be your suffix 
cient warrant. Given under our hands and seals at Londonderry in 
said Province this twenty sixth day of May in the twenty third year of 
his Majesties Reign Anno Dom. 1*750. 

To Mr. Daniel CI yd, Constable 
for Windham aforesaid. 

John Mac Murphy \ Unus 
Robert Boyes j Quorum 



I have published the above warrant according to Custom, Pr me,. 
Daniel Clyd, Constable for Windharn, this eight day of June 1750. 

Attest — A true copy pr. William Gregg, town clerk. 

(1) This name may be Davison. Ed. 



TOWJk PAVERS— WINDHAM. SpX*. 

By virtue of the foregoing Warrant granted by tv:o of' his Majesties 
Justices of the Peace for said Province for holding a parish meeting in., 
Wirdhjm, the freeholder and Inhabitants.of Windham, aforesaid met. 
at Samuel MacAdams Barn on the day appointed for said meeting, 
and after opening the meeting, 

Voated on the first article of the above Warrant Robert Dinsmoor, 
for moderator of said meeting. 

Voated on the second article of the above Warrant to petition the 
Governor and Council of this province for the things contained in said, 
article. 

Voated on the third and last article of the Warrant for agents to pre- 
fer a petition to the Governor and Council of this Province and prose- 
cute the same, Samuel Morrison and John Dinsmoor. 

A true coppy from the minetts of said meeting. 

Coppy examined William Gregg, Town- Clerk. 



At a Parish Meeting held in Windham the sixteenth of January last, 
Voated on the third article of the foregoing Warrant not to make 
any addition to the Rev d Mr. Johnston's Sallary at this time. 
A true Coppey of said Vcate. 

William Gregg, Town Clerk. 
[Tbis ;?eeni3 to refer to another occasion of town meeting. Ed.] 



Petition, for an alteration in their Charter. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt. General! 
and Governor in Chief in and over his Majesties Province 
of New hampshire, and to the Honourable his Maj rs Coun- 
cil for said Province, conven'd. 

The humble Petition of us the subscribers being Inhabitants 
and freeholders of Windham in s d Province, humbly Shew- 
qth ; 

That whereas on the sixth day of June Instant we, with a 
Committee of the Inhabitants of Salem, both parties being- 
present with surveyor and chain-men sworn, have rune the 
several courses mentioned in Salem Charter and Plan of the. 
town, and finding that they will not be convenient to both 
Towns if they Stand as they are : — We the subscribers there- 
fore humbly prays that your Exceleucy & honours would con- 
sider us on that account and make an alteration in the Charter 
and plan which will tend to the Benifite and peace of both 
towns, and in so doing you-r humble petitioners will be in duty 
ever bound to pray ; 

The alteration to be made in manner following ; that is to 
say — To Run from the Angle of Londonderry line South on 
Said Line till it comes to the north Corner of Hitty-tity Pond 
§o called, and there to erect a bound betwixt both towns \ 
from thence south 39 degrees west to a Stake and Stons that 
w>is sett this day by both parties standing on the south west 



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corner of Pollicy Pond so called ; thence South till it 
comes within sixty Rhods of John Obers, jun. dwelling house ; 
thence South 23 degrees west to Pelham line ; thence by Pel- 
ham line to the Province line. 

Signed by us and dated this eighth day of June, Anno Dom. 
1750. 

And further your petitioners prays that John Dinsmore, 
Robert Spear and Samuel Armoore and their femilys may be 
exempted oute of Salem to Windham where they did belong. 



David Gregg 
Henry Campbell 
John Kvll 
John Waddel 
Thomas Richardson 
Daniel Clyd 
Joseph Waugh 
James Dunlap 
Hugh Brown 
James Caldwell 
James Caldwell, 
Joseph Clyd 
Will" Gregg 
Will* Waugh 



jun 



John Armstrong 
Nathaniel Hemphill 
Alex 1 " Dunlap 
Sam'- Campbell 
George Davidson 
Hugh Clyd 
John M Cay 
Thomas Campbell 
Hugh Graham 
John Campbell 
John Gregg 
John Willson 
James Gait 
Peter Patison. 



Petition of Samuel Morrison and yohn Dinsmoor^ jun. 
To his Excellency Penning YVentworth Esq r Capt. General, 

Governor & Commander in chief in & over his Majesty's 

Province of New Hampshire and the Hon blc his Majesty's 

Council for said Province : 

The humble Petition of Samuel Morrison & John Dinsmore 
both of Windham in said Province, yeomen, as Agents for 
said Windham Skew's: — 

That Windham is a Parish within the Township of London- 
derry incorporated about the year 1742, which was done for 
the conveniency of the Inhabitants with regard to their attend- 
ing the Public Worship of God, as they were situate at a 
great distance from each of the meeting-houses in said Lon- 
donderry, tho' they were scarcely able to support the charges 
incident to a separate Parish ; yet as the Parish was of suffi- 
cient extent they were willing for the conveniency afores d to 
bear the burthen which at first lay on them (tho' heavy) in 
hopes it would grow lighter every year by the addition of new 
Parishioners. 

That a great part of the Northerly side of said Parish is 
very poor land uncapable of any kind of Improvement so that 
the Parish would never have been rich & able like the other 
Parishes in said Town, had it remain' d of the same extent as 



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at first : But by the Incorporation of the Town of Salem 
lately made, near a third part of the said Parish is cut off, & 
comprehended within that Township, & the best land, which 
with what was excepted out of said Parish w'- h fell within the 
bounds, by the Act of Incorporation and the unimprovable 
Land, not only renders the Parish impotent at present, but 
puts it beyond" all hopes of Recovery ; — so that there can be 
no rational prospect of its continuance under such a situation 
in any respect but having an empty useless Name. 

That this would have been truly and seasonably represented, 
But by the designed or careless management of one of the 
Selectmen, to whom the order or notice of Council that the 
Parish might be heard on Petition for the Township of Salem 
was delivered, they had no notice till it was too late, for the 
Selectmen could not undertake to make an answer without 
consulting the Parish & taking their orders thereon & they 
were so far from having the opportunity for that, that two of 
them knew nothing of it till the day appointed for the hear- 
ing, or near it, and then represented to be the week after. 

And had a* just representation of all circumstances been 
made, your Petitioners humbly conceive your Excellency 8c 
the Hon b ' 1 '-' Board would not have granted the said Petition so 
much to the prejudice of said Parish, since as it now stands 
the case in effect is the Ruining an old corporation to erect a 
new one : Wherefore your Petitioners humbly pray that they 
may be heard in behalf of the said Parish upon the premises 
and that the Charter of Salem aforesaid may (so far as it inter- 
feres with the said Parish) be vacated, or that the said Parish 
may in some other way be relieved & prevented from being 
broken up & they be obliged to dismiss the minister they have 
settled ; and your Petitioners in behalf of their principals shall as 
in duty bound ever pray, &c. 

..: .. Sam 1 Morison 

John Dinsmoor, jun. 

Portsmouth, June 29 th 1750. 



[Note. By virtue of a Warrant issued by John Wilson and Joseph 
Clyd, Selectmen of Windham, another Town meeting was called which 
met at Samuel McAdams Barn, on Friday the 2V l of December, 1750, 
and agreeably to the warrant, acted on the articles specified. Ed.] 



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i'eiiiion against the proceedings of said A^eetivig. 
To his Excellency Penning Wentworth, Esq r Capt. General^ 

Governor & Commander in Chief in over his Majesties, 

province of New Hampshire, and the Hon bi his Majesty'% 

Council for said Province : 

The Humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants & free-, 
holders of the Parish of Windham in said Province, shews : 

That the Selectmen of said Parish for the current year by- 
their warrant or Notification dated the sixth of this "instant. 
Dec r , called a meeting of the freeholders Si Inhabitants of the 
same, to be held the twenty first dav of the same for the fol- 
lowing purposes, (viz.) 

First, to see if you will make any alteration in the late Line betweea, 
as and Salem. 

2 dl :<- To see if you will begin at the westerly Angle of Londonderry, 
East line, and so running South to Hyti-titv Pond, thence to Policy 
Pond, thence to the south-west Corner of the" Same, thence to Pelharh 
Line, so as to leave out the English people and include John Dinsmoor, 
Samuel Armour, Gaan Armour and Robert Spear and their families. 

3 i: - v To see if you will Reconsider a vote pass'd on the third article of: 
a. warrant granted last June 8 Ul 

\y To see if the Town will allow the agents chosen at s ! meeting to 
prosecute the Business for which they were chosen any further. 

Pursuant to which the meeting was held as a fore, s 1 and" 
voted on the first article to alter the line afores' 1 

2 ! - v Voted on the second article to run a line as set forth in 
said Warrant. 3 d1 >" Voted to reconsider the vote pass'd on the 
warrant afors 1 . 4 1 ? Voted not to allow the agents chosen as 
afores' 1 to prosecute the Business for which they were chosen 
any further in behalf Q f Windham. 

That there would not have been a majority of Voters in. 
favour of those Resolves, had all those who we apprehend are. 
qualified to vote been admitted, But by refusing such and ad- 
mitting disqualified persons, matters were carried against a 
majority or at least an equal number of qualified Voters. 

That the affairs of this Parish is in a very uncomfortable sit- 
uation from the success which those who are at present the of- 
ficers (with others of the same temper) have obtained by their 
underhand dealing, which leads to the utter ruin & Destruc- 
tion of a poor Parish, unless your Excellency & the Hon bia - 
Board (who are the only beings that can relieve us) redress, 
our grievance. 

Wherefore we humbly Pray that the meeting held as afore- 
said may be declared illegal" & irregular, & the proceedings 
thereof null and void, that thereby a Variety of Law-suits may 
be prevented, which are as moaths to a Society, and our ad- 
verse party frustrated in their exorbitant & unreasonable De- 
mands & designs, and that what was done at s 1 meeting may 



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not be confirmed by your Exce 

Petitioners as in duty bound sh 

Subscribed at Windham the 

Francis Smiley 
James Gilmer 
Alexander Park 
John X Vane — mark 
John X Mor-e — mark 
John Dinsmour 
Robert Spear 
Sam : Armore 
Gain Armour 
Fran 5 Dinsmore 
John Dinsmore 
Allax. Simpson 
Adam Templton 
John Davidson 
Sam 1 McAdams 
Will- 1 McAdams 
John Cristv 
William Bolton 
James Brown 
Jonathan Morion 



jun 



llency and Honours. And your 
all ever pray. 
22 J Dec 1750. 

Francis Smith 

Thomas Quigly 

William Thorn 

Alex 1 X Richy — mark 

John Stuart 

Robert Park 

David Bolton 

"Tho< McConnell 

Will" Jamison 

Will' 1 Jameson, Jun 

Thomas Jameson 

John Dinsmoor, jun 

Rob' Hopkins 

Sam' Morison 

Hugh Smylie 

Alex 1 ' Parkins 

Nathan Man 

Joseph Park 

John Kyll 



Certificate. 

Salam Dsembr y c 24"' 1750. 

At a Town meeting held on Monday y 24 - J Mr. Hanery Sanders 
chosen modratr for s" meeting then their was a Vot to have en altra- 
tion of y" line betwen Salam and Windham according to y c agreement 
of each party Now as foloweth begining at y 1 ' angle of Loncian Darry 
line then wroning to bitty Pond so col'd then over to y" south west angle 
"of Policy pond so cci'd from thence a straight lin to Palham line so as 
to tak all the inglish inhabitnc to Salam. 

A true copy taken out of Salam townd book. 

Exam d as 

a tast Nath 11 Dow Town d Clerk 



Deposition of Henry Sanders. 



1 the Deponent of Lawt" 
nams are hear aftr mense 
dary and within the Pa :ri 
he was fomily a inhabiter 
ham. 



Joshua Thorndick 
Isrell Woodbery 
Wm. Leach 
Jonathan Morgan 
Nath 1 Woodbery 
Abiall Pitman 
John Hill 
John Grele 
Edward Baley 



nil Age tastify and saith that the parsons hoas 
nd are included within Provants line of Lond- 
sh of Wandham so called and father saith that 
their and paid his provance tax to s d Whrnd- 



Henry Sanders. 



'Names. 



Joseph Hull ? 
Benj. Corning 
Georg Corning 
John Corning 
Eben 1 ' Woodbery 
John Ober, Esq r 
Robert Clin* ? 
Jonath Woodbery 
John Hall 



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Olorer Kimbe! 
John Ober jun 
John Dinesmore 
Robert Spear 
Samuel Armor 
Andrew Balch 
[Sworn to January 31, 1757, 



Timothy Sanders 
Olover Sanders 
John Ashley 
Isrell Ober 
Hugh Camell 
Archer Churchwood. 
before 

Daniel Peasle Just, of the Pece.} 



Warra?it for a Town Meeting. 

Province of \ To Mr. Joseph Clyde Constable for Windham, Greet- 
New Hampshire J ing : 

You are hereby Required to warn the freeholders & Inhabitants of 
Windham duly qualified By Law to assemble and meet at James Dun- 
laps Barn on Munday the ninth day of March next at ten of the clock 
before noon then and there to act on the following particulars : 

i il To chuse a moderator to govern said meeting. 

2 J >' To chuse Selectmen and town Clark and Constable for the follow- 
ing year. 

3'y To chuse assessors and Collectors for the inshuing year. 

4'y To chuse all other officers as usewall for the Inshuing year. 

And when you have preformed the service herein Required of this 
make Return and of your doings therein and this shall Be your War- 
rant. Given under our hands this iS lh Day of feberoary AD 1751-2. 

Hugh Brown > Select 

George Davidson J men 
The above written Warrant was 

published according to custom 

by me, Joseph Clyde, Consta- 
ble for Windham. 

A true Copy, Will™ Gregg, Clark to the Parish. 
Windham, March y* 9 th 1751-2. 

By vertue of the above warrant from the Selectmen to the Constable- 
of Windham for calling the annual meeting of the Parish, the freehold- 
ers and Inhabitants meet the time and place appointed in s d warning 
meeting, and after opening the meeting the following persons chosen 
to their respective offices, viz. 



For moderator 
For Selectmen 



For Parish Clark 
For Constab-.e 
For Assessors 



John Armstrong 

{Hugh Brown 
James Dun lap 
James Caldwell, 



For collector of Ministers salary 
For surveyors of high ways 



For taking an Invoice 
For Stewards ? 



jun 
Will* Gregg 
John Campbell 
■Will" 3 Gregg 
Joseph Clyde 
James Caldwell, jun 
Nathaniel Hemphill 
John Kerr 
Alex r Dunlap 
Sam 1 Campbell 
Sam 1 Archibald 
John Dinsmoor* 
John Morrow* 
James Dunlap 
James Caldwell, jun 
John Kyll jun* 
Alex r Rickey* 



TOWN PAPERS — WINDHAM. Si 5 



For counters with the constable 
& collector, Hugh Clyde 



John Greg 



For fence viewers & prisers of 
damage, David Gregg 

Daniel Clyde 
For ty thing men Peter Patison 

Samuel McAdams* 
♦Those men with this mark refused to take the usual oaths. 

Coppy Examined, Will™ Gregg, Town Clerk. 



A Town Meeting & Votes. 

[Nots. A town meeting called by warrant, met in James Caldwell's 
Barn, July 15 th 1752, and acted on the following articles, viz.] 

I s ' To see if you will chuse a Committee to settle the Town accounts 
with Rev' 1 Mr. Johnston. 

2 d To see if you will chuse a committee to take up our Call or Calls 
from the Rev* 1 Mr. Win. Johnston (1) 

. Signed by James Dunlap \ 

Hugh Brown j- Selectmen. 
James Caldwell J 
At which meeting chose Joseph Clyde, moderator. 
I st Voated For a Committee to settle accounts with the Rev d Mr. 
Johnston, viz. Will™ Gregg, Sam 1 Campbell & John Dinsmoor. 

Voated and Chose for a Comite to gett the Call from the Rev d Mr. 
Johnston, viz. Hugh Brown, James Caldwell jun & John Vance. 

Copy Exam d Will™ Gregg, Town Clerk. 



Vote passed at ajiother Town Meeting. 

[Note. A warrant was issued for calling a town meeting, at James 
Caldwell's Barn, January 16, 1753.] 

i 3t To see what method you will take to have the gospel preached 
amongst us this winter. 

2 & '-To see what you will allow the Committee that was chosen to 
take care of the ministerial Lot to do with the Logs lying cutt on it 
and the other fallen timber. 

3' 1 "To see what you will allow the Constable to do with them that 
will not pay up their Reats." signed by- 
James Dunlap "| 
James Caldwell j- Selectmen 
Hugh Brown J 

At which meeting, chose Alexander Dunlap Moderator. 

Voated and chosen for a Committee Nathaniel Hemphill and Joseph 
Waugh to go to the Rev' 1 Messrs Davidson and MacGregore of London- 
derry and Wiilson of Chester to see if each of them will preach a day 
for us : and further 

Voated that James Caldwell, Treasurer is Impowered by this Voat to 
pay tho.-,e Rev J Gentlemen if they preach to us out of the money that 
is Colected aid in the Constables"' hands 

Voated on the second article of the Warrant That the Comitee that 

( I) Rev. Wm. Johnston, minister of the Presbyterian Church in Windham, waa 
Installed there ia 1717; he was dismissed in July, 1752. Ed. 



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&l6 NEW HAM PS ft I'll & 

was chose to takcare of the ministeriall Lott are itftpowered bf this 
Voat to sell .the Logs and fallen timber on s d Lott at publick Vendue t6 
the highest bidder 

Voated on the Last article of the Warrant not to consider of it "thi3 
time. 

Copy Exam d 

Will" 1 Gregg, Town Clerk. 



Petition relating to a disturbance in the Parish. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq r Capt. General, 
Governor & commander in chief in &. over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon' 1 '' his Majestys Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives in General Assembly con- 
vened : 

The Humble Petition of sundry of the Inhabitants of Wind- 
ham in said Province, shews: 

That at the last -Annual meeting of said Inhabitants for the 
choice of Town officers a difference arose among the said 
Inhabitants concerning the Right of voting: The Selectmen 
suffering sundry Persons expressly excepted in the Act for 
incorporating of Windham to vote there and sundry others 
who did not belong there & were not Inhabitants & only Occa- 
sionally in the Parish. 

That a great Number of the Inhabitants then objected 
against such Proceedings, but to no purpose, they still pro- 
ceeded ; whereupon the objectors seperated & held a different 
meeting whereby there were two sets of officers chosen & 
sworn ; but being doubtful of their authority on both sides 
"neither party has acted in their offices and the whole Business 
of the Parish in consequence thereof has been neglected to 
this time. 

That this is a great injury to the Minister & all others who 
have any concern with the Parish as. well as to the Inhabitants 
in general and to leave the affair to the decision of the Law 
in the common course would be much more so not only by the 
expence but the delay which will be occasioned in that way, 
and as there is no Prospect of a Reconciliation the breach is 
likely to grow wider, for it all rests till the next annual meet- 
ing ; the same Dispute will in all probability again arise with 
an additional controversy about calling the meeting. 

Wherefore your Petitioners humbly Pray that the circum- 
stances of the said Parish may be considered and that in your 
great wisdom & goodness you wou'd interpose & reduce their 
affairs in this regard into order; That you will make void 
both the said proceedings, appoint a proper person to call & 
govern a new meeting, that all grounds of Dispute respecting 



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the premises may be taken away or that yon will relieve the 
-said Parish in any other method which you shall judge best, — 
and your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 



Feb. 



1753' 



Alexander Park 
John Dinsrnore 
John Morrow 
William Thorn 
Thomas Quigly 
\Vill' n Thompson 
John Stewart 
Nathan Man 
Alexander Simpson 
Alexander Richy 
John Crist v 
Robert Spear 
George Spear 
Will ' Jeamson 
James Gilimore 
Sam ! Armour 
Jarnes Brown . 
Will" Smylie 
Francis Dins'more 
Hugh Boide 
John Kyll 



John Kyll jun. 
Francis Smylie 
Sam 1 Morrison 
Rob- Park 
Joseph Park 
John Bolton 
James Twadell 
Wm. Bolton 
Samuel McAdams 
And rev/ Armour 
Gain Armour 
John Dinsmcre 
Thomas Jamison 
William Jamison 
Tames Jamie son. 
John Tufft 
Adam Templeton 
Samuel Thompson 
Andrew Thompson 
Samuel Kinkead. 



[On the foregoing Petition a hearing was granted "on the third day 
of the sitting of the General Assembly next after the 10 ' of February 
inst," and George Davison, Hugh Brown and Sam ! Cambell, selectmen 
for 1751, were summoned. Ed.] 



Province of New 1 In the House of Representatives February 22 fl 
Hampshire. / 1753. 

Upon hearing the within Petition of Alexander Park and others and 
the Respondents, and considering the evidence produced by the Partys — 

Voted, That the choice of both sets of officers made at the annual 
meeting referred to in said Petition was illegal, and that the said choice 
be and hereby is declared to be null and void : And that there be a meet- 
ing held in the said Parish of Windham on the first Tuesday of March 
next for the choice of Parish officers for the year 1752, and that Peter 
Giiman, E^q r be and hereby is appointed & authorized to call the s d 
'meeting and to be the moderator of said meeting, and that the said Peter 
Giiman Esq" put up or cause to be put up a notification of the time and 
place of meeting at the meeting house in said Windham and also at the 
dwelling house of John Christy Innholder in s d Windham, at least four 
days before the time of holding said meeting. 

Matthew Livermore, clerk. 
In Council, Feb r 23, 1753. 

read & concurred. 

Theod. Atkinson, Sec". 
In Council 26 h Feb ? Consented to— 

B. Wextworth. 



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j&tjsszoer of Selectnie?i to the foregoing Petition. 
To his Excellency Bening Wentworth, Esq 1 " Capt. General, 
Governor and Commander in chief in and over his Majes- 
ty's Province of New-Hampshire, the honorable his Majes- 
ty's Council and house of Representatives in General As- 
sembly convened. 

Samuel Campbell, George Davidson, Hugh Brown inhabit- 
ants of Windham in s' ! Province, (who was Selectmen of the 
perrish of s d Windham in the year 175 1) who was by this hon- 
orable Court ordered to be served with a copy of a petition of 
some of the Inhabitants of s 1 parrish, Dated the 2 d of Febru- 
ary Instant to appear Before this honourable Counsel to shew 
cause if any they have why the prayer of the s d Petition should 
not be Granted &c. The Respondents humbly skew — That 
the said petition is not genuin but groundless and fallacious in 
Divers Respects ; as first. It is therein shown forth that at y* 
last anual meeting of s ' parrish there arose a Disput Relating 
to y e Right of Voting in s' 1 meeting and that y : Selectmen suf- 
fered sundry persons expresslv exempted in the Act for y c In- 
corporating of Windham to Vote there ; which asertion is in- 
tirely groundless and without any foundation — there being only 
five persons with their respective familys and Estates that were 
exempted in s' Incorporation, and nether of them were present 
at s d meeting. 

2 d!>- There Asertion in s d petition that there was sundry oth- 
ers that were not Inhabitants nor Did not belong there, But 
were only occasionally there were alowed to vote there : which- 
s/ 1 asertion we utterly Deny. 

3 al >" Whereas they set forth that a great number of y s Inhab- 
itants there objected against such proceedings but to no pur- 
pose : Whereas there was not any that made any Legal or 
methodical objection against s' 1 meeting in any Respect, nor 
protested against the same in writing, that we might then have' 
known what there objection was and Redrest their grivinces if 
in our power: which we humbly conceive they ought to have 
done. 

4 Ltji >" As to the separat meetings there held as mentioned in 
b' 1 Petition, We understood it onely that a number being Dis- 
affected that they could not carry there point in Voting, cav- 
iled at y s proceedings to embarras y c busnise of s d parrish & 
in a heady mabash way without any warrant held a sepperate 
meeting when they plainly see that a majority of y° Qualified 
voters of s 1 Parrish was against them, and after a number of y° 
s d officers was chose declared and sworn they presumtously 
chose and Swore another set of officers as we humbly conceive 
with a design to render y° Busnesee of y~ Day abortive by pe- 
titing to have both meetings Destroyed as illegal, knowing 
there own to be so. 



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5 tJl!y Whereas y e s (t petitioners set forth that they was doubt- 
ful on both sides as to their authority and that nether parties 
has acted in there offices, and the whole Busncss of y e perrish 
in consiquence thereof hath been neglected to this time to the 
great Injury to y c minister and all other who have any concern 
with s 1 perrish as well as the Inhabitants: To which your Re- 
spondents in fact say that indeed and in truth they Never knew 
that any was doubtful of there authority as to y e officers on the 
Respondents side except y e petitioners, and they onely on there 
own side, that that representation is so far from being truth, 
that the Busness of s perrish hath been carred on as usueal, 
and that there hath since s d annual meeting been sundry meet- 
ings of the S' 1 perrish called by y e officers of y e opposite side 
from y ' petition" and that there hath been Comitees chose for 
y e s' : perrish in Busness since then, of which some of the peti- 
tion 1 ^ hath been appointed and officiated therein, and that a 
Comitee was at a meeting since s l anual meeting chose to settle 
ace " with our minister, of which one of s' 1 petitioners wasona 
and served in that trust and the s d minister is paid his dues in 
full by s 1 parrish, and that y e Selectmen have since asesed y° 
Inhabatants of s ; parrish and that a considerable part of s ; as- 
Besment is paid : 

That y° petitioners ten of them Belongs to Salem and that 
some of s d petitioners are minors. 

And that in the Number of the whole of the oposites there 
is not above eleven qualifyed Voters as we conceve of y* Law 
in that Respect : of all which your Respondents are reddy to 
aver : Wherefore your Respondents humbly pray ; That your 
Excelency and honners would in your clemency and goodness 
take y c premises into your wise consideration and grant thaty 
6' 1 petition be no further sustained, and that y° s a parrish be no 
longer disturbed and Distresed by such unnesary & unreason- 
able Disputs, and your petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever 
pray, &c. 

Sam' Campbell 
George Davidson 
Hugh Brown. 

February y 9 12 , 1753. 

In Council, Feb'' 14" 1753. 

Tne annexed petition read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon hl 
House of Representatives. 

Theodore Atkinson, Sec. 



DepositioJi of Robert Hopkins. 

Robert Hopkins of Windham in the Province of New Hampshire, of 

lawful age, testifies and says, That the same day of the Annual meeting 

for 1752, of Windham in the Province of New-Hampshire, after s 1 

meeting, David Archibald shewed me a Bond which David Gregg & two 



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raoor 'Inhabitants on the West side of the Pond, had signed as Princi- 
ple, with a iar«e penal sum, that if he the- s <l Archibald would. vote for 
them & pav Province & T >wn Taxes with them, that they would pay 
for him' or keep him clear from Minister Taxes for twenty years to come. 

Robert Hopkins. 
[Sworn to before Matthew Thornton, Justice of the Peace, February 
no- *753- Ed. ] 



Deposition of- Samuel Barr. 

iSamuel Parr of Londonderry in the Province of New Hampshire of 
lawful age, testifies iz says 

That on or about the ninth of March A. D. 1752, he with many oth- 
ers, bein^ at the annual meeting of Windham in the Province of New 
Hampshire & a dispute arising betwixt the Inhabitants and the Select- 
men for the year 1752, the said Selectmen & clerk Refused the votes of 
Samuel Armer, Gaan Arm ef, John Dinsmoor, Francis Dinsmoor, Rob- 
ert Spear, John Bolton, Andrew Armer, John Dinsmoor, jun. Michal 
Ferguson, James Twadweil, they being Inhabitants of the Town of 
Windham, incorporated by the three branches of the Legislature : The 
Selectmen & clerk afores- excepted as voters, David Archibald, Samuel 
Archibald. James More, David More, they being inhabitants of the sec- 
ond Pari-h of Londonderry to which they pay Rates, & was exempted 
when s' Windham was Incorporated: Also excepted as Voters Samuel 
M c Master, Charles Mellin, Joseph More, James Alexander, the last eight 
the Inhabitants of the easterly side of the Pond then urged were not le- 
gal Voters : David Archibald above s- after the meeting told me that 
€ome men of the westerly side of the Pond gave him bond that if he was 
Rated in Windham they would pay his Rates; also that he was ashamed 
of what he had^dun & ware it to do again he would not do it for his 
oxen. 

Samuel Barr. 

[Sworn to before Matthew Thornton, Just of the Peace, Feb/ 2o tk 
"*753- Ed.] 



Petition relating to a Meeting-house, 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth, Esq' Governor and 
Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire, The Hon b,e his Majesty's Council & 
House of Representatives for said Province, in General As- 
sembly Conven'd, Feb 7 20 th 1754. 

The Petition of sundry of the Inhabitants of the Westerly 
Part of the Parish of Windham in said Province humbly 
shews: That the Parish of Windham aforesaid was made by 
an Act of Assembly in or about the year 1742, by certain 
Boundaries set forth in the Act — a Part of which was after the 
Incorporation of the Township of Salem set off & made a 
part of that Township. 

That before that was done, or the Line fixt between Salem 
& said Parish", the Inhabitants of said Windham not agreeing 
where they had best place their meeting house, they finally 



TOWN PAPERS— WINDHAM. &2I 

agreed to chase a Committee of indifferent Persons to Deter- 
mine that matter: — which they did accordingly & the Comittee 
Resolved upon a proper place after having view'd the Parish, 
& Declared the same. 

That the said Comittee determined the matter before the 
said Line between Salerq & Windham was Mxt as it now 
stands.- as above mentioned, and tho' it might have been well 
with Respect to the whole of what was Windham by the said 
Act, yet by the taking off & annexing to Salem those Polls & 
Estates by the Le^t Line, th.at place which was near the cen- 
ter of the Parish before, was very ex-centrical afterwards. 

That after all this a number of said Parish in a private way 
erected a meeting house at the place agreed upon [by] the said 
Comittee without regard to the Line last stated, and have 
lately obtain' d a vote (after it had been rejected at one meet- 
ing) that the Parish shou'd take or receive the said house & 
pay the charge of building the same. 

That the said meeting-house is by no means conveniently sit- 
uated as it now stands for the majority of the Parishioners 
considering the present extent of the Parish, but especially if 
it be considered that the greatest part of the future settlements 
in the Parish must be at the remotest part o'l the same from 
said house, and as it is likely there will be much contention in 
said Parish (already almost ruined by Divisions and Debates) 
about the place where said house had best be finally tix'd for 
it can't be that the majority shou'd long agree it shall stand 
where it is at present. Your Petitioners humbly pray that 
this matter may be put out of the power of said Parishioners 
to contend about, and for that purpose that a comittee of dis- 
interested impartial persons may be appointed by the General 
Assembly to view said Parish & consider it in all circumstan- 
ces as it now stands with respect to' boundaries, as also with 
respect to the situation of the present Inhabitants 8l the Pros- 
pect of future settlements & auditioned inhabitants, and to 
determine upon the whole matter where it is proper the said 
meeting-House shou'd be placed and to make Report thereof 
as soon as maybe: And the said House or another (if the 
Parish shall chuse rather to build a new one than Remove this 
which may be easily done) may be placed accordingly, and 
your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

David Gregg Wrn. Wau^h 

John Kvil John Waddel 

Wm. Gregg John Karr 

Hugh Gravhnm Joseph Corning 

Tho* Campbell John Grag 

John Davidson . Hugh Clyde 

Arthur Grayham John Kyi 

George Davidson John Clyde 

John McCoy Hugh Montgomery 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Joseph Wa^h 
Hugh Bell 
Joseph Clyde 
Samuel Clyde 
James Alexander 
David Gregg 
James Dun lap 
Hugh Brown 
Peter Patison 
Nath 1 Hemphill 



Rob f Hemphill 
John Wilson 
Alexander Dunlap 
Henry Cambel 
Thomas Richardson 
Samuel Campel 
James Betton 
Henry Campbell, jun. 
Samuel M Master 



[Note. On the above petition a hearing was granted : When, April 
n :h 1754, "Voted in the House that this Petition be dismissed." Ed.] 



Petition of Oliver Saunders. 
To his Excellency B&nning Wentwwth, Esn r Governor & 
Commander in chief in & over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire, the Hon b:e his Majesty's Council & House 
of Representatives for said Province in General Assembly 
Convened, Jan 7 25 - 1 1757. 

The humble Petition of Oliver Saunders of Salem in said 
Province, yeoman, sk ctvS ; That your petitioner on the 13^ 
day of October 17^6, exhibited a Petition to your Excellency 
& Honours relating to the Rates supposed to be wrongfully 
assess'd on sundry of the Inhabitants of said Salem in the 
manner set forth in said Petition, signed by himself & others 
aggrieved, on which a time was appointed for hearing of the 
Petitioners on their Petition, which they mistook and so lost 
the opportunity whereby the merit of their case has not been 
considered : Wherefore your Petitioner most Humbly prays 
That the said Petition may be revived that the Petitioners may 
be heard thereon and such measures pursued relative thereto 
as in your great Wisdom & Goodness you shall judge to be 
Right and your Petitioners in Duty bound shall ever pray &c. 

Oliver Sanders. 






Note. — On the foregoing petition a hearing was granted, "on tho 
second day of the sitting of the Gen' Assembly next after the V % da/ 
of February," when, In the House of Representatives 

Voted, That the prayer of this petition be granted & that the peti- 
tioners be exempted from paying any arrears of Province Tax to Salem 
before the year 1753, it appearing they had paid their province taxes to 
Windham from the year 1743 to 1752 (1). 






• 



(1) Seo Salem To>v3 Tapors. Ed. 



TOWN PAPERS WINDHAM. 823 

Deposition of fohn 13 ins moor. 
The Deposition of John Dinsmoor of Lawful Age, doth testifie & 
cay that the persons hereafter named, were and are Inhabitants dwell- 
ing within the bounds of Londonderry According as Mr. Bryant run 
the Lines, viz : 

John Ober, jun. John Ober 

Robert Spear William Sanders 

Timothy Sanders John Ashby 

Samuel Armour Oliver Sanders 

Andrew Balch William Leach 

John Dinsmoor Nath : Woodbury 

Oliver Kimbal Israel Woodbury 

Israel Ober Joshua Thorndike 

Ebenezer Woodbury Moses Morgan 

George Corning Edward Bayley 

John Corning Jonathan Woodbury 

John Hall Wid. Judith Corning 

John Hall 3'* Samuel Crowe 1 

Rob' Ellenwood Hugh Campbeil 

Abial Pitman James Twaddell 

John Giles Jonathan Morgan 

Attest, John Dinsmoor. 

[Sworn to before Daniel Peaslee, Just. Peace, Jan> 20 h , 1757. Ed.] 



[Similar Depositions were made by Samuel Moran, Daniel Dow, 
Alexander Park and Francis Stailey and Sworn to before Daniel Peas- 
lee, Just. Peace, Jan- 19'-", Jan 20-, Jan- 31-, 1757. Ed.] 



I9 U 1757- by me 



A List of those men that now live in Salem which formerly lived in 
the Parish of Windham and paid their Province Tax to s d Wind- 
ham : viz. 

Samuel Armor . John Hall 

Robert Spear Oliver Kimbel 

John Dinsmoor Edward Baley 

Francis Dinsmoor John Giles 

Wm. Sanders Wm. Leach 

John Ashby John Hill 

Eb r Woodbury Naih : Woodbury 

George Corning Abiall Pitman 

Oliver Sanders John Ober, jun 

John Ober Moses Morgan 

Israel Ober Jon" Morgan 

John Corning Joshua Thorndike 

Robert Elinwood Andrew Balch 
John Woodbury 

A true Copy given under my hand at y" Parish of Windham, Jan' 



Francis X Smiley, 
mark. 



§24 



NEW HAMPSHIRE TOWN PAPERS. 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 



[Was incorporated in 1770.] 

Petitioi? for Incorporation. 
Province of New j To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r 
Hampshire \ Capt. General, Governor and Commander 
in Chief in and over the Province afore- 
said, and the Honorable his Majesty's 
Council for said Province : 
The Humble Petition of Arnrni Ruhamah Cutter, Physician, 
and John Parker, Morch both of Portsmouth in said Province 
as a Committee of the Proprietors of WoIfcboroKgh in said. 
Province shcivs : — 

That there are in the Township of Wolfeborough upwards 
of Thirty Families settled and more coming to settle there, 
which makes an Incorporation necessary in order to transact 
their common affairs with ease & dispatch, and in that case 
many wou'd be induced to settle there, who would be back- 
ward without that advantage. 

That the Proprietors aforesaid are desirous of obtaining this 
Privilege as it will enable them to carry on the settlement with 
more Regularity and enable them to carry into Execution any 
of their Resolutions in which all are concerned, with Justice as 
well as with dispatch, and have therefore chosen vour Petition- 
ers with another person now absent to apply to your Excel- 
lency & the Hon Dk Council for this purpose. 

Wherefore they humbly Pray that the said Inhabitants & 
Proprietors may be Incorporated with the usual Franchises, 
Privileges & Emoluments : that they be authorized & Intitled 
to use the Powers with which other Corporations are In- 
vested, and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall pray &c. 

A. R. Cutter j rvrv.rv.te. 
Jn° Parker 
Portsmouth, July 9' h 1770. 



C01 



Minutes. 



9 -'Julv 1770 
Wolfeboro' Petition for 
Incorporation, 
Granted. 
Accepted on my part, J'W. 
Charter to be prepar'd 
Annual Fair or Mart 

I st Tuesday following 21 st Sept. 



To call I st Town meeting 
Mr. Jonathan Rindge. 
i s: Meeting 21 st Sept. 
Annual meeting 

last Tuesday in M'cru 



ADDENDA. 

NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 

Readers of the foregoing Papers relating to Towns, will have noticed 
that no mention is made of a very considerable number of Towns in* 
the State, some of which hold an important place in our history. Ir* 
relation to some of the towns thus omitted, the reason may be, that 
they never had occasion to make application to the Legislature by peti- 
tion, or otherwise ; or that making such application, the Papers were not 
preserved or have not been found: Other towns are of modern date, 
i. e. subsequent to 17S4. and therefore not properly included in this vol- 
ume. The Editor, however, has carefully printed every paper which he 
has found on file or on record, relating to early towns. The following 
notices of towns omitted, are given as supplementary, — the facts stated 
being derived from such authorities and documents as were accessible to 
the Editor (1). 



Towns not included among the foregoing Papers. 

Alexandria, granted March 13, 1767; incorporated, Nov. 23, 17825 
its hrst settlement was made in December 1760, by Jonathan, John M. 
and William Corliss. 

Allenstown, so named from Gov. Samuel Allen, the purchaser of 
Mason's claim; the tract was reserved for Allen's children. (See Prov. 
Pap. Vol. 4, p. 42.) A settlement was begun by John Wolcutt, An- 
drew Smith, Daniel Evans, Robert Buntinand others, about 1740. 

Andover was granted by the Masonian proprietors in 1746, to Ed- 
mund Brown and others, and was called New Breton in honor oi the 
capture of Cape Breton, 1745. It was incorporated, with its present 
name, June 25, 1779. 

Antrim derives iti name from a county of that name in Ireland — 
the original settlers being mostly of the Scotch-Irish stock that settled' 
Londonderry in 1719. The first settlement was made by Dea. James 
Aiken, about 1768; it was incorporated, March 22, 1777. 

Barnstead was granted May 20, 1727. Settlements commenced in 
1767. 

Bath. The original charter of Bath was granted Sept. 10, 1761, to 
Rev. Andrew Gardner and 61 others. It was re-chartered to John 
Sawyer and others, in March 1769, on the ground of the forfeiture of 
the first charter; settlement was made in 1765, bv John Harriman, from. 
Haverhill, Ms. 

Bradford was granted to John Pierce and George Jaffrey, in ? 

Settlement wasmade in 1771, by Dea. William Presbury or Presby. In- 
corporated Sept. 27, 1787. 

Bridgewatrr formerly comprised the whole of New Chester (now 
Hill), Bridgewater and Bristol; the first settlement was made in 1766, 
by Thomas Crawford, Esq. Bristol was taken from Bridgewater and 

(1) Much reliance has heen placed on statements found in Uie N. H. Gazetteer, by 
Farmer & Moore, 18*23. Eo. 



826 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

New Chester; first settlement, about 1770, by Col. Peter Sleeper, Benj. 
Emmons and others. 

Brookline was formerly a part of old Dunstable. It was incorpo- 
rated March 30, 1769, by the name of Rasy. The name was altered in 
November, 179S. 

Benton was granted Nov. 6, 1766, to Clement March, Joseph Senter 
and others. 

Campion was granted in Oct. 1761, to Capt. Jabez Spencer of East 
Haddam, Ct ; first settlement made in 1765, by two families of the name 
of Fox and Taylor; it derives its name from a camp built by the first 
surveyors of the town. 

Canaan was granted by charter, July 9, 1761, to 62 persons, mostly 
from Connecticut, and took its name from Canaan in that State. The 
settlement was begun in the winter of 1766-7, by John Scofield, who, it 
is said, drew his effects from Connecticut river by hand-sled, 14 miles, 
over a crust of snow. 

Candia was originally a part of the township of Chester, incorpo- . 
rated Dec. 17, 7763; said to have been named by Gov. Benning Went- 
worth, who was once a prisoner on the island of Candia (the ancient 
Crete). A settlement was begun as early as 1748, by William Turner; 
and in 1755, by John Sargent and a few others. 

Centre-Harbour, or rather Senter Harbour, so named for Col. Jo- 
seph Senter, a prominent man, who settled there in 1767. 

Chatham was originally granted to Col. Peter Livius and others, 
Feb. 7, 1767. 

Claremont was granted October 26, 1764, to Josiah Willard, Sam- 
uel Ashley and 68 o hers; it received its name from the country seat of 
Lord Ciive, an English general; a settlement was begun in 1762, by 
Moses Spolford and David Lynde; in 1767, new settlers came in from 
Connecticut. The early settlers were about equally divided as Episco- 
palians and Congregationalisms. 

Colebrook was originally granted to Sir George Colebrook — and 
hence the name; incorporated 1790. 

Coventry was granted January 31, 1764, but not settled till after the 
commencement of the Revolutionary war. 

Danbury was first settled in Nov. 1771, but not incorporated till 
June iS, 1795. 

East Kingston was incorporated Nov. 17, 173S. Among the early 
settlers were William and Abraham Smith, who settled near the center 
of the town. 

Effingham, formerly Lcavitis-tozvn, was settled a few years before 
the Revolution. 

Ellsworth, formerly called Trccothick, was granted May 1, 1769. 

Enfield, formerly called Rclhan, was incorporated by charter, 
granted to Jedediah Dana and others, July 4, 1761. 

Errol, granted Feb. 2S, 1774. 

Fitzwilliam, formerly Monadnock, No. 4, incorporated May 19, 
1773, and took its present name from the Earl of Fitzwilliam, Eng. 

Gilford was formerly a part of Gilmanton ; it was settled in June, 
177S, by James Ames and S. S. Gilman, but not incorporated until 
June 16, iSr2, 

Grafton was granted Aug. 4, 1761, to Ephraim Sherman and others ; 
first settlement was made in May, 1772, by Capt. Joseph Hoyt, from 



TOWNS — ADDENDA. 827 

f?opIm. Cap:. Alexander Pixiey and wife were the second family 
which settled there. 

Greenfield wa; first settled in 1771, by Capt. Alexander Parker, 
Major A. Whittemore, Simeon Fletcher and others; and was incorpo- 
rated June 15, 1791. 

Hancock, so named in honor of Hon. John Hancock, of Boston, 
who was one of the original proprietors, was incorporated Nov. 5, 
1779, A settlement was begun there by John Grimes in May, 1764. 

Haverhill, was known in early times by the name of the Lotocr 
Cohcs. It was granted by charter May iS, 1764, to John Hazen and 94 
others; Mr. Hazen began the settlement the same year on what is 
called Little Ox Bow. The first court was held there Oct. 2.1, 1773; 
Rev. Peter Powers, from Hollis, was settled as the firs; minister in 
1765. 

Hawke, now Danville, derived its name from Admiral Hawke of the 
British navy; was incorporated Feb. 22, 1760; but settlements were 
made by Jacob Hook, Jonathan Sanborn and others, as early as 1735- 
*739- 

Henniker was first granted by the Masonian Proprietors under the 
name of Number (J, to James and Robert Wallace and others from 
Londonderry; settlement commenced in 1761; incorporated Nov. 10, 
176S, and called Henniker, by Gov. John Wentworth, in honor of his 
friend, John Henniker, a merchant in London and member of the 
British parliament. This town was formerly classed with Hillsbor- 
ough. 

K".exe. whose original name was Upper Ashucloi. was incorporated 
April 11. [753, by its present name, in honor of Sir Benjamin Keene, 
British minister in Spain, and contemporary with Gov. Banning Went- 
worth, who in early life visited that country. Settlements were begun 
as early as 1736; being a frontier town, it was repeatedly attacked by 
Indians. 

Langdo.v, so named in honor of Gov. John Langdon of New Hamp- 
shire, was rir.->t settled by Seth Walker in 1773; by Nathaniel Rice and 
Jonathan Willard in 1774; but it was not incorporated until Jan. 11, 
17S7. 

Lebanon was g anted July 4. 1761, to sixty-two proprietors from 
Norwich, Mansfield and Lebanon, Ct., — friends and some of them par- 
ishioners of Dr. Eleazer Wheelock; this was the first town settled on 
Connecticut river north of Charlestown, No. 4. A Congregational 
church was formed in 177 r, and Rev. Isaiah Potter installed in 1772. 

Lee was originally a part of Durham, and was incorporated Jan. 16, 
1766. 

Lincoln was granted Jan. 31, 1764, to James Avery and others, but 
not settled till after the Revolution. 

Loudon was formerly a part of Canterbury ; was incorporated Jan. 
2 3' *773 : but settlements had been made in 1760, by Abraham and 
Jethro Bachelder and Moses Ordway. It derived its name from the 
Earl of Loudon, Eng. 

Lyman was granted f o Daniel Lyman and others, Nov. 10, 1761. 

Manchester, formerly known as Derry-field (which was incorpo- 
rated Sept. 3, 1 75 1,) was formed from a part of Londonderry and a 
part of Chester. It was famous in early times for a fishing place at 
the Amoskeag Falls; was incorporated "by its present name in 1S10, 
and is now distinguished as the most populous and opulent city in 
New Hampshire. 



I 

SzS NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Marlborough, formerly Monad nock, No. 5, was granted by charter- 
April 29, 17:51, to Timothy Dwight, Esq., of Northampton, Ms.. and"6i 
others;, the charter was renewed Sept. 21, 1764. Settlement was begun 
about 1763 by a Mr. McAlister, William Barker, Abel Woodward. Benj* 
Tucker and Daniel Goodenough; and the town was incorporated Dec. 
13, 1776. 

Mason, formerly known as Number I, and settled as early as 1751* 
was granted by charter Aug. 26, ij6$. 

Meredith was first called Ne-iu Salem, and was incorporated Dec. 
30, 1763. 

Middleton was incorporated March 4, 177S ; the first settlers were 
from Lee and Rochester, N. H. 

Milford was formerly known as the South West Parish of Amherst. 
It was not incorporated with its present name till Jan. ir, 1794. 

Mont Vernon was originally a partof Amherst; its settlement com- 
menced early, but it was not incorporated as a distinct town till Dec. 15, 
1S03. 

Moultonborough was granted by the Masonian proprietors, Nov. 
17, 1763, to Col. Jonathan Moulton and 61 others, principally from 
Hampton; settlements commenced the next year. 

Nelson was formerly known as Monadnock^ No. 6; it was granted 
by the Masonian proprietors, and chartered Feb. 22, 1774, by the name 
of Packs fsjield, from Thomas Packer, who owned about one half of it. 
It took the name of Nelson in June. 1S14. 

New Chester (now Hill, in honor of Gov. Isaac Hill,) was granted 
Sept. 14, 1753. to 87 proprietors; the first settlement was in 1768, and 
incorporated Nov. 20, 177S. 

New Hampton was incorporated Nov. 27, 1777, and called New 
Hampton at the desire of Col. Jonathan Moulton, an original proprie- 
tor from Hampton. There is a tradition that Col. Moulton. in 1763, 
having an ox weighing 1400 pounds, fattened for the purpose, hoisted a 
flag upon his horns and drove him to Portsmouth as a present to Gov. 
Benning Weutworth, asking only oi' the Governor as a favor, to have 
a grant of a Gore of land lying near the town of Moultonborough— 
which, the record shows, was granted. 

Newington is one of the old historic places or parishes of the State. 
It was embraced in what is called the Squamscut or Hilton' 's point 
Patent: and in it was was the Bloody Point. A part of Newington 
was claimed to lye in Dover and a part in Portsmouth. The name 
Newington was given by Gov. Dudley May 12, 17:4; its bounds were 
settled July 28, 1714. at which time it was called a Parish. It had 
town privileges as early as 1737: but when incorporated, is not defi- 
nitely ascertained. The late John Farmer, Esq., said it was in July, 1764. 
[See'Prov. Pap. Vol. 3, pp. 562, 574, 5S6, 5S7, Vol. 4, pp. S2 4 -S:6.] 

New London, first called Dantsick, was incorporated June 25, 1779; 
a settlement, however, was begun by Nathaniel Merrill and James. 
Lamb, Eliphalet Lyon and Ebenezer Hunting, probably as early as, 
1775- 

North Hampton was formerly a parish in Hampton, known as 
North Hill. Settlements were early begun, and it was incorporated as 
a distinct township, Nov. 26, 1742. 

Northumberland was first settled about 1767, by Thomas Burnside. 
and Daniel Spaulding; it was incorporated Nov. 16, 1779. 

Northvvood, originally a part of Nottingham, was settled March 25, 



TOWNS ADDENDA. Sip 

;es Godfrey, John Bachelder, Increase Bachelder, from 
id Solomon Bickford from Durham, in December, 
the same year. 

Orange was granted by the name of Cardigan^ Feb. 6, 1769, to Isaac 
•Fellows and others. Its settlement commenced in 1773-4, by Silas Har- 
ris, Benjamin Shaw, David Eames, Col. Elisha Bayne and Capt. Joseph 
Kenney. 

Plainfield was granted August 14/1761. and was settled in 1764. by 
Li. Nash and J. Russell. The name is derived from a town in Con- 
necticut where the proprietors held their tirst meeting. 

Poplin, now called Fremont, was incorporated June 22, 1764. 

Raymond was originally a part of Chester, called Charming-fare. It 
was made a distinct parish in 1762, and incorporated as a town, May 9, 
1765. 

Richmond was grantee! to Joseph Bianchard and others, Feb. 2S, 
1752, and settled within rive or six years afterwards by people from 
Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

Sandown was originally a part of Kingston, and was incorporated 
April 6, 1756. 

Sandwich was originally grained by Gov. Benning Wentworth, Oct. 
25, 1763. six miles square. On the 5 1 - 1 Sept. 1764, an additional grant 
was made to the territory on the east and south, called Sandwich Addi- 
tion. 

Seabrook was formerly a part of Hampton Falls. Settlements com- 
menced here in io^S, by Christopher Hussey, Joseph Dow and Thomas 
Phil-brick. It was granted June 3. 176S, to Jonathan Weare, John 
Moulton and others. A Presbyterian society was formed here in 1764. 

Springfield was granted Jan. 3, 1769, by the name" of ProtecHvofth y 
to John Fisher, Daniel Warner and 58 others. Its first settlement was 
made in 1772, by Israel Clifford and son, Nathaniel Clark, Samuel 
Stevens and others. It was not incorporated by its present name till 
Jan. 24, 1794. 

Stoddard was formerly called Limerick ; a settlement begun in June, 
1769, by John Taggard, Reuben Walton. Richard Richardson, Amos 
Butterfield, Joseph Dodge and Oliver Parker. It was incorporated 
Nov. 4, 1774. by the name of Stoddard, in honor of Col. Samson Stod- 
dard of Chelmsford, Ms., an original grantee. 

Stratford was incorporated Nov. 16, 1779. 

Surry wa-; originally a part of Gilsum and Westmoreland; was in- 
corporated March 9, 1769, deriving its name from Surry in England; a 
settlement was begun by Peter Hay ward in 1764. 

Sutton was granted in 1749- by the Masonian proprietors, and first 
called Perrys-toz-jn, from Obadiah Perry, an original and principal 
proprietor; a settlement was commenced in 1767, by David Peaslee. 

Tamwortii was granted Oct. 14, 1766, to John Webster, Jonathan 
Moulton and others, and was settled in 1771, by Richard Jackman, Jon- 
athan Choate, David Philbrick and William Eastman. 

Temple is the easterly part of what was called Peterborough Slip — 
incorporated Aug. 26, 1760. 

Thornton is understood to derive its name from Hon. Matthew 
Thornton; it was granted July 6, 1763, to Matthew, James and Andrevr 
Thornton and others; settlement made in 1770, by Benjamin Hoy tj 
and it was incorporated Nov. S, 1781. 



8 3 o 



NEW HAMPSHIRE TOWNS ADDENDA. 



TuFT02?BOKOU<3H was granted to J. Tufton Mason, from whom the 
name; was settled about 17S0, but not incorporated till Dee. 17, 1795. 

Unity was granted by charter July 13, 1764, to Theodore Atkinson. 
Mesheeh Weare, and 45 others — called Unity irom the termination of a 
long dispute between claimants in Kingston and Hampstead. Settle- 
ment was begun in 1769, by John Ladd and Moses Thurston. 

Walpole was first known by the name of Great Fall ; its first set- 
tlement was made in 1749 by Col. Benjamin Bellows; it was granted 
to Col. Bellows ana 61 others, Feb. 16, 1752. For some time it was a 
border town exposed to the attacks of Indians, but was bravely 
defended. 

Warren was granted by charter July 14, 1703. 

Washington "was first -known as Moiiadnock, No. S; was granted 
by the Masonian proprietors to Reuben Kidder of New Ipswich, who 
began a settlement in 176'S, and was called Camden' till Dec. 13, 1776, 
when it took the name of Washington. 

Wendell, now Stinafiee, was granted by the name o( Savillc, Nov 
7, 1768; settled by emigrants from Rhode Island in 1772, and incor- 
porated April 4, 17S1, deriving its name from John Wendell, a princi- 
pal proprietor. 

Whitefilld was granted July 4. 1744, to Josiah Moody and others, 
and scon att^r mottled by Major Burns and others — the name, probably, 
for Rev. George Whitefteld, who preached in New England about that 
time. 

Wilmot. The greater part of Wilmot was originally included ifi a 
grant made by the Mason ian proprietors in 1775 to Jonas Minot, Mat- 
thew Thornton and others. It was not incorporated till June iS, 1S07. 

FINIS. 



tlt-GSZ. 



APPENDIX. 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS 

IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, 
17 7 8-1783; 



WITH THE 



CONSTITUTION ESTABLISHED IN 17S4. 



APPENDIX. 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 



NOTES BY THE EDITOR. 

The Editor is happy to lay before the people of New Hampshire, in 
this closing volume of Provincial and State Papers. — which he has had 
the honor to compile, edit and publish, by authority of the Legisla- 
ture, — a connected statement of the facts, with all the documents which 
he has been able to find, relating to the Conventions which were suc- 
cessively called, and which resulted in the adoption of a State Consti- 
tution, October 31'* 4 , 1783, that was carried into full effect, June io ,h , 
1784. 



The first Constitution of New Hampshire was adopted soon after the 
Revolution began. January 5 u \, 1776; it was not designed or under- 
stood to be permanent, but " to continue during the present unhappy 
and unnatural contest with Great Britain." A copy of this is printed 
in full in Volume VIII. of the Provincial and State Papers, pa^es 2-5, 
to which reference may be made. The Constitution then adopted is 
believed to be the first adopted by any Colony or State in the Union. 
It was to continue in for'ce through the war ; or until superseded by a 
new Constitution. In December ^7, 1777, the Hou>e voted to recom- 
mend to towns and parishes in the State, to instruct their Representa- 
tives to call a Convention ■' for the sole purpose of forming and laying 
a permanent plan or system for the future Government of the State." 
This vote does not appear to have been concurred by the Council ; but 
February 20 r ', 1778, The House voted to resolve themselves into a Com- 
mittee of the whole, to join the honorable Board, if they see fit, to con- 
sider ''of the calling a full and free representation of all the people of 
this State for the soic purpose of forming a permanent Plan or '-vstem 
for the future government of this State:" and February 25' , 177S, the 
Assembly, in Committee of the whole, Hon. Meshech Weare in the 
Chair, agreed to report, " That a full and free representation of all the 
people of the State be called, for the purpose above expressed, to meet 
in Convention at Concord, on the second Wednesday (10' ) in June;" 
that when the said Convention have formed such plan of Government, 
they lay the same before their constituents for their approbation : and 
that it should not go into effect until three quarters of the people cf 
this State shail consent thereto. On the next day, 26 h February, the 
abovesaid Report was adopted ; and the Convention of delegates chosen 
by the respective towns and parishes, for the abovesaid purpose met in 
Concord, on the day appointed, June io t: ', 177S (1). 

(1) For tie facta here etated, see State Papers, Vol. VIIL pp. 757, 753, 774,773. Ed. 

53 



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It is much to be regretted, that the Journal of that Convention can- 
not anv where be found. Search was made in vain for it by the late 
John Farmer, Esq., and by Mr. G. Parker Lyon, as also by the Editor 
of this volume: Mr. Lyon was at the great pains, however, of collect- 
ing the names of the Delegates to that Convention from the Town 
Records, respectively, throughout the State. The following is the list 
of names as thus collected by him (1). 



LIST OF DELEGATES 

Chosen from the several towns, classed towns, and places in 
Nevj Hampshire, in 177S, to meet at Concord, y'unc ioih % 
for the purpose cf forming a new Constitution. 



Tctzjtis. 



Portsmouth, 



Exeter, 

Londonderry, 

Chester, 
Kensington. 

Stratham, 

Brentwood, 
Kingston, &c, 

North Hampton, 
New Market, 

Epping, 

Hampton Falls, &c, 

Hampton, 

Greenland, 

Sandown and 

Hawke, 

Scut! 1 . Hampton and 

Newtown, 

Nottingham, 

Rye, 

Newington, 

New-Castle, 

Hampstead, 

Raymond and 

Poplin, 

Atkinson and 

Plaistow. 

Deerheld and 

North wood, 

Candia, 

Salem, 



Delegates. 

John Langdon 

Gaorge King 
■i- George Gaines 

Samuel Cutts 

William Whipple 

Nathaniel Folsom 

Samuel Hubbard 

John Pickering 
I Matthew Thornton 
\ John Bell 

Samuel Emerson 

Ezekiel Wbrthen 
( Benjamin Barker 
\ Mark Wiggin 

Voted not to send 

Samuel Philbrick, deceased, 
Josiah Baftlett was chosen. 

Levi Dearborn 

None sent 
f Enoch Coffin 
\ Simon Dearborn 

Nath'l H. Dodge 

None sent 

William Weeks 

> Jethro Sanborn, probably. 

J Robert Stewart 

Voted not to send 
Joseph Parsons 
Richard Dame 
Information not received 
None chosen 

jjohn Dudley •■ 

I Joseph Welch 

\ Simon Marston 
/ Richard Jenness 

John Sargent 

Moody Morse 



and 



(1) See X. H. Ce-istcr, 1S52, pp. 1S-21. Ed. 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 



835 



Epsom, &c., &o, 
Windham, 
Pel ham, 
Canterbury and 
Loudon, 

Pembroke, 

Concord, 
Bow and 
Dunbarton, 
Litchfield and 
Nottingham West, 
Merrimack and 
Bedford, 
Derryrlold and 
G oil* town, 

Dunstable, 
Amherst, 

Hollis, 

Hopkinton, 
New Boston and 
Frances town, 
Weare, 
Wilton, Ljnde- 

boro'. Sic, 
Mason and 
Roby, 

New Ipswich, 
Temple and 
Peterborough, 
Henniker and 
Hillsborough, 
Salisbury and 
Boscawen, 
New Bretton, 
Warner, 
Perry s ton. and 
Fisherfield, 
New Durham, «S:c. 
Wolf borough, 
Durham. 
Lee. 
Madbury, 

Dover, 

Somersworth, 
Rochester, 
Barrington, 
Gilmar.ton and 
Barnstead, 
Wakefield, 
Middteton. and 
Leavittstown, 
Meredith and 
.Sanbornton, 



ind 



John McClary 
None sent 
James Barnard 

V Archelaus More 

( Samuel Daniell 
X Richard Bartlett 
Timothy Walker 

i Jeremiah Page 

1 William Burns 
j John Parker 

v Solomon Hutchinson 

> None sent 

f Benjamin French 
\ William Hunt 
( Reuben Mussev 
\ Moses Nichols 
j Enoch Noyes 
\ Noah Worcester 
Stephen Harriman 

j Archibald McMillen 

Samuel Caldwell 

V Moses Putnam 

j David Blodgett 
Timothy Farrar 

V Francis Blood 

J- Isaac Andrews 

> George Jack-man 

1 

\- None sent 



V Voted not to send 

Ebenezer Thompson 
Information not received 
James Davis, Jr. 

J John Gage 

^ Caleb Hodgdon 
Town Rec. burnt, 1S13 
Information not received 
Information not received 



I Joseph Badger 



None sent 



} E 



Ebenezer Smith 



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Sandwich, 

Tam worth, and 

Moultonborough, 

Rindge, 

Jal r rey, and 

Peterborough Slip, 

Dublin, 

Marlborough, 

Stoddard, 

Packersfieid, &o, 

Keene, 

Swanzey and 

Fittzwiliiam, 

Westmorland, 

Richmond, 

Winchester, 

Walpols, 

Hinsdale and 

Chesterfield, 

Marlow, 

Surry, and 

Alstead, 

Chariestown, . 

Claremont, 

Acworth, 

Lempster, 

Saviii, 

Croydon, 

Unity, and 

Newport, 

Cornish. 

Protectworth, 

Plainfield, and 

Grantham, 

Plymouth, 

Cockermouth, 

Alexandria, and 

New Chester, 

Rumney, 

Holderness, 

Campton, and 

Thornton, 

Orford, 

Haverhill, 

Lyman, 

Gunthwait, 

Landaif, 

Bath, and 

Morrristown, 

Lancaster, 

Northumberland, 

Apthorp, 

Stratford, 

Colburn, 

Cockburn, 

Conway, 

Shelbu'rne, &c, 



None sent 

Enoch Hale 
Phineas Spaulding 

•None sent 

Jeremiah Stiles 

Calvin Frink 

Information not received 
Oliver Capron 
Daniel Ashley 
Benjamin Bellows 

None sent 

•None sent 

Samuel Hunt 
None sent 



Samuel Silsby 
Benjamin Giles 



None sent 
Francis Worcester 

William Baker 

None sent 

None sent 



•None sent 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 



S37 



Hanover, 

Canaan, and 

Cardigan, 

Lebanon, 

Relham, and 

Grafton, 

Wentworth, 

Dorchester, 

Lvme, 

Warren, and 

Piermont, 



None sent 
None sent 



1-Obadiah Clement of Warren, 
(probably) 



Note. The next meeting of this Constitutional Convention was at 
Concord, June 5'-'-, 1779: — at which time, a Constitution wars agreed 
upon and sent out to the people for their adoption. The copy of the 
Constitution, from which this is transcribed, is printed on both sides of 
a half-sheet o: large size, and issued from the Press of Zec.hariah Fowle, 
in Exeter, 1779. It is the only copy of the original print which the Ed- 
itor has found, and is as follows (1) : 



[THE CONSTITUTION PROPOSED IN 1779.] 

A DECLARATION OF K1GH I'S, AMD PLAN OF GOVERNMENT FOR 
THE STATE OF NEW IIAMPSIIIUE. 



Whereas, by the tyrannical administration of the govern- 
ment of the King and Parliament of Great Britain, this State 
of New Hampshire, with the other United States of America, 
have been necessitated to reject the British government, and 
declare themselves Independent States — all which is more 
largely set forth by the Continental Congress, in their resolu- 
tion or Declaration of the fourth of July, A. D. 1776: 

And whereas, it is recommended by the said Continental 
Congress to each and every of the said United States to estab- 
lish a form of government most conducive to the welfare 
thereof: We the delegates of the said State of New Hamp- 
shire, chosen for the purpose of forming a permanent plan of 
government subject to the revisal of our constituents, have 
composed the following Declaration of Rights and Plan of 
Government: and recommend the same to our constituents for 
their approbation. 



A Declaration of the Rights of the People of the State of 
Ne w Ha mpsh ire . 
I st. We declare, that we the people of the State of New 
(1) See a copy also in Coll. of N. n. Hist. Soc. Vol. 4, pp. 156-161.. Ed. 






$3$ NEW IIATvIPSHIRE 

Hampshire, arc Tree and independent of the Crown of Great 
Britain. 

2d. We the people of this State, are entitled to life, liberty 
and property ; and all other immunities and privileges which 
we heretofore enjoyed. 

3d. The common and statute laws of England, adopted and 
used here ; and the laws of the State (not inconsistent with 
said Declaration of Independence) now are, and shall be in 
force here, for the welfare and good government of the State, 
unless the same shall be repealed or altered by the future leg- 
islature thereof. 

4th. The whole and entire power of government of this 
State, is vested in, and must be derived from the people there- 
of, and from no other source whatsoever. 

5th. T*he future legislature of this State, shall make no laws 
to infringe the rights of conscience, or any other of the nat- 
ural, unalienable Rights of Men, or contrary to the laws of 
GOD, or against the Protestant religion. 

6th. The extent of territory of this State, is, and shall be 
the same which was under the government of the late Gov. 
John Wentworth, Esq. Governor of New Hampshire. Re- 
serving T nevertheless, our claim to the New Hampshire 
Grants, so called, situated to the west of Connecticut river. 

7th. The right of trial by jury in all cases as heretofore 
used in this State, shall be preserved inviolate forever. 



A PLAN OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

i st. The State of New Hampshire shall be governed by a 
Council, and House of Representatives, to be chosen as herein 
after mentioned, and to be styled the General Court of the 
State of New Hampshire. 

2d. The Council shall consist for the present of twelve mem- 
bers, to be elected out of the several counties in the State, in 
proportion to their respective number of inhabitants. 

3d. The numbers belonging to each county for the present, 
according to said proportion being as followeth, viz. — To the 
county of Rockingham, five — to the county of Stratford, two — 
to the county of Hillsborough, two— to the county of Cheshire, 
two — to the county of Grafton, one. 

4U1. The number for the county of Rockingham, shall not 
be increased or diminished hereafter, hot remain the same, and 
the numbers for the other counties shall be increased or dimin- 
ished as their aforesaid proportion to the county of Rocking- 
ham may chance to vary. 



- 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 839 

cth. The House of Representatives shall be chosen as fol- 
lows. Every town or parish, choosing town officers, amount- 
ing to one hundred families arid upwards, shall send one rep- 
resentative for each hundred families they consist of. (or such 
lesser number as they please) or chss themselves with some 
other towns or parishes that will join in sending a representa- 
tive. 

6th. All other towns and parishes under the number of one 
hundred families, shall have liberty to class themselves together 
to make the number of one hundred families or upwards, and 
being so classed, each ciass shall send one representative. 

7th. The number of Counsellors belonging to each, county 
shall be ascertained and done by the General Court every time 
there is a new proportion made of the State tax, which shall 
b>e once in seven years at the least, and oftener if need be. 

Sth. Ail male inhabitants of the State of lawful age, paying 
taxes, and professing the protestant religion, shall be deemed 
legal voters in choosing counsellors and representatives, and 
having an estate of three hundred pounds, equal to silver at 
-six shillings and eight pence per ounce, one half at least 
Whereof to be real estate, and lying within this State, with 
the qualifications aforesaid, shall be capable of being elected. 

9th. The selectmen of each respective town and parish, 
choosing town officers containing one hundred families or up- 
wards, and also of each respective class of towns classed 
together as aforesaid, shall notify the legal voters of their 
respective towns, parishes, or classes, qualified as aforesaid, 
in the usual way of notifying town meetings, giving fifteen 
days notice at least, to meet at some convenient place on the 
last Wednesday of November annually, to choose counsellors 
and representatives. 

10th. And the voters being met, and the moderator chosen, 
shall proceed to choose their representative or representatives, 
required by this constitution by a majority of the voters pres- 
ent, who shall he notified accordingly, and a return thereof 
made into the Secretary's office, by the first Wednesday of 
January then next. 

nth. And such representatives shall be paid their wage3 
by their constituents, and for their travel by the State. 

1 2th. And in the choice of counsellors, each voter shall 
deliver his vote to the moderator for the number of counsel- 
lors respectively required, with the word counsellors written 
thereon, and the voters name endorsed to prevent duplicity. 

13th. These votes shall be sealed up by the moderator, and 
transmitted by the constable toone of the justices of the I rife- 



■ •T^f#*W»?B«f , W^'« 1 ^ , -^* ;, 5^^g» 



84O NEW HAMPSHIRE 



rior Court of Common Pleas for \hc county, before the second 
Wednesday in December next following. | 

14th. And the said justices of the Inferior Court shall meet 
together on the said second- Wednesday of December annually,. 
to count the votes and the persons that have most votes to the 
number of counsellors required, shall be declared duly elect- 
ed, and shall be notified bv the said justices accordingly, and 
a return thereof shall be made bv them into tile secretary's- 
office bv the first Wednesday in January annuallv. 

15th. And in case any two persons shall have alike number 
of votes, the said justices may determine the choice in favor 
of which they please. 

1 6th, The Council and House of Representatives so chosen 
and returned as aforesaid, shall meet on the first Wednesday 
in January next after their being chosen, at such place as the 
present, or future General Court may from time to time ap- 
point : and being duly sworn, shall hold their respective 
places until the first Wednesday in January then next. 

17th. The council shall choose their president, vice-presi- 
dent, and Secretary ; and the house of representatives shall 
choose tneir speaker and clerk. 

iSth. The council and house of representatives respectively, 
shall determine all disputed elections of their own members, 
regulate their own proceedings ; and on any vacancy, order a 
new election to fdl up such vacancy. 

19th. The said General Court elected and constituted as 
aforesaid, shall be invested with the supreme power of the 
State. And all acts, resolves, or votes, except grants of 
money, lands, or other things may originate in either house; 
but such grants shall originate in the house of representatives 
only. 

20th. The said council and house of representatives re- 
spectively, shall have power to adjourn themselves from day 
to day. but not longer than two days at any one time, without 
concurrence of the other. 

21st. The President of the council shall hold public corres- 
pondence with other States, or persons; call the council to- 
gether when occasion shall require ; and with advice of three 
or more of the council shall from time to time call the General 
Court together if need be, before the time they were adjourned 
to ; and also point out the principal business of their session. 

22d. The military and naval power of the State shall be 
regulated, and all proper officers thereof appointed, as the 
legislature by law shall direct from time to time. 

23d. The judges of the superior and inferior courts, judges 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 84J 

of probate, judges of admiralty, judge of the maratime court, 
justices of the peace, sheriffs, coroners, attorney general, 
treasurer of the state, and delegates to the Continental Con- 
g;ess, shall be appointed by the said General Court, and com- 
missionated bv the president of the council. 

24th. The appointment of registers of deeds, county treas- 
urers, clerks of courts, registers of probate, and all other civil 
officers whatsoever, not before mentioned, shall be regulated 
by the laws that now arc, or that hereafter may be enacted. 

25th. All civil officers of the State, shall be suitably com- 
pensated by fees or salaries for their services. 

26th. Xo member of the General Court shall be judge of 
the superior court, or inferior court, judge or register of pro- 
bate, or sheriff of any county, or treasurer of the State or at- 
torney general, or delegate at the Continental Congress. 

27th. And no member of the council, judge of the superior 
court, or sheriff, shall hold a commission in the militia, army, 
or navy of this State. 

28th. No member of the house of representatives shall hold 
any salary under the government. 

29th. The president of the council, with advise of council, 
may grant reprieves not longer than six months, but the Gen- 
eral Court only shall have power to pardon offenses against 
the State. 

30th. A quorum of the council, and a quorum of the house 
of representatives, shall consist of a majority of each house. 

31st. This Declaration of Rights and Plan ot Government, 
shall have the force of law, and be esteemed the fundamental 
law of this State. 

32d. The General Court shall have no power to alter any 
part of this Constitution ; but in case they should concur in 
any proposed alteration, amendment, or addition, the same 
being agreed to by a majority of the people, shall become 
valid. 



State of JVezv Hampshire. In Convention, yitne. ^th, 1779* 
Voted, that the foregoing Bill of Rights, and Plan of Gov- 
ernment, be printed, and dispersed throughout this State, for 
the people thereof, to give their opinion thereon. 

Voted, that Colonel Thornton and Colonel Bartlett, be a 
committee to get this plan of government printed, and trans- 
mit two or more copies of the same to each and every town, 
parish and place in this State, to which precepts for this con- 
vention were sent, and publish the same in the New Hamp- 
shire newspapers. 



843 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Voted, That the selectmen of the several towns, parishes, 
and districts in this State, upon the receipt of the same, are 
desired to. notify and warn the legal inhabitants paving taxes 
in such town, parish, or place, to meet at some suitable place 
therein, giving them at least fifteen days notice, for the pur- 
pose of taking said plan under consideration; and make re- 
turn of the number of voters present at such meeting, and how 
many voted for receiving said plan, and how many for reject- 
ing the same, unto this convention at Concord, in this State, 
on the third Tuesday in September next. 

By order of the Convention, 

John Langdon, President, P. T. 

E. Thompson, Secretarv. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR, 

The foregoing- Constitution, which, according to order, was sent out 
to the people, was rejected : The state of the votes upon it, the Editor 
has not been able to find. 



THE SECOND CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. 



NOTE. 

On the 2S b of March, 17S1, the House of Representatives voted to call 
another Convention to ; ' settle a Form of Government," and that a Com- 
mittee be appointed, to join a Committee of the Board, to form and 
issue a suitable Precept to the towns, for that purpose; which vote was 
concurred by the Board; and on the 6 ' of April, 17S1, a joint Resolve 
was adopted that the said Convention should meet at Concord, the first 
Tuesday of June, next (1). 

The journal of that Convention has not been found; but fortunately 
the late Mr. G. Parker Lyon obtained a list of Delegates, which. is pre- 
sumed to be correct: (see N. H. Reg. 1852, pp. 22-25). The names of 
the Delegates chosen are as follows : 



Tokens. 

Portsmouth. 



Exeter, 



Londonderry, 
Chester, 
Hampton P"alls, 
Brentwood, 
Stratham, 

(1) See State Pap. Vol. VIIT. pp. 89t-S':)7. 



Delegates. 
George Atkinson 
John Langdon 
Ammi Ruhami Cutter 
John Pickering 
Jona. Mitchell Sewall 
Nathaniel Folsom 
John Taylor Gilman 
Archibald McMurphy 
None sent 

Nathaniel H. Dodge 
Voted not to send 
Mark Wiggin 

En. 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 



S43 



North Hamptot 

Kensington, 

Hampton, 

•New Market, 

Epping, 

So. Hampton, 

Kingston, 

E. Kingston, 

Greenland, 

Nottingham, 

Hawke, and 

Sandown, 

Newington, 

Rye, 

Atkinson, & 

Plakstow, 

Hampstead, 

Raymond, & 

Poplin, 

New Castle, 

Deerfield, 

Northwood, 

Salem, 

Candia, 

Epsom & 

Chichester, 

Pel ham, 

Windham, 

Pembroke, 

Concord, 

Canterbury & 

Loudon, 

Bow, & 

Dunbarton, 

Durham, 

L-ee & 

Mad bury, 

Dover, 

Somersworth, 

Rochester, 
Barrtngton, 

Wakefield, 

Gilmanton, 

Meredith & 

Sanbornton, 

Wo If bo ro', 

Sandwich, 

Conway, 

Golfs town, 

Merrimack, 

Nottingham, 

West. &c. 

Dunstable, 

Hollis, 

Amherst, 

Hopkinton, 



Abraham Drake 
Voted not to send 
None sent 
None sent 
Voted not to send 
Voted not to send 
None sent 
None sent 
Voted not to send 
Joseph Ciiley 

J Robert Collins 

Ephraim Pickering 
Joseph Parsons, or 
Nathan Goss 

I Nathaniel Peabody 

Voted not to send 

J John Dudley 

V Voted not to send 

None sent 
Voted not to send 

J John McClary 

Jacob Butler, jr. 
None sent 
Joshua Kimball 
Timothy Walker 

j Jeremiah C lough 

> Voted not to send 

John Sullivan (chos. 17S2) 

j- James Davis 

l Otis Baker 

\ Joshua Wingate 



None sent 

Joseph Badger, Sen. 

• Ebenezer Smith 

Voted not to send 
James Brewer 



None sent 
Simeon Cummings 

j Timothy Smith 

Jonathan Lovewell 
None sent 
None sent 
Joshua Bailey 






844 



NEW HAMI'SHIR] 



Salisbury, fr 
Boscawen, 
Weare, 
Wilton, &c. 
New Boston, 
Andover, 
Warner. Sec. 
Mason, & 
Roby, 

New Ipswich, 
Temple, £ 
Peterborough, 
Dublin, & 
Marlborough Sec. 
Lyndebo rough, 
Hillsborough, 
Litchfield. &c, 
Rindge, & 
Jaffrey, 
ICeene, 
Packers field, 
Swanzey, & 
Fitzwilliam, 
Hinsdale, &C. 
Westmoreland, 

Walpole, 

Richmond, 

Surry, & 

Alstead, 

Newport, &c. &c. 

Unity, 

Acworth. &c, 

Winchester, 

Charlestown, 

Claremont, 

Cornish, 

Plainfield, 

Plymouth, &C. &c. 

N. Holderness, &c. &c. 
Lancaster, Sec. Sic. &c. 

Haverhill, 



> Ebenezer Webster 

Voted not to send 
Jonathan Martin 
None sent. 

VNone sent 
J 

J-Benjaman Mann 

Timothy Farrar 

>John Cragin, jr. 

\ Reuben Morse 
J Amos Emery 

None sent 
James Underwood 

V William Smiley 

Daniel Newcomb 
None sent. 

> Edward Goddard 
None sent 

j Thomas Sparhawk 
(John Bellows 
Oliver Capron 

> None sent 

Benjamin Giles 
William Markham 
Daniel Grant 

I- None sent 



None sent 

Francis Worcester 

Samuel Emerson 

Moses Baker 

David Page, by Tradition trom 

Conway 
None sent 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 845 



. AN ADDRESS OF THE CONVENTION 

FOR FRAMING A NEW CONSTITUTION OF GOVERNMENT, FOR 
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, TO THE INHABITANTS OP 
SAID STATE. 

[sent out, i7Sr.] 

Friends and Fellow Citizens, — 

The General Assembly of this State having thought proper 
to issue precepts to the several towns within the same, for 
choosing delegates to form a Convention for the purpose of 
framing a civil Constitution for the people of this State ; and 
the Convention having met in consequence of such choice, 
after maturely deliberating on the important subject, agree to 
report the following plan, which with the humblest deference 
is submitted to your impartial consideration. 

The task of forming a Constitution, adapted not only to our 
present situation, but to the probable situation and circum- 
stances of remote posterity, is an arduous one indeed ! How 
far we have succeeded in it you are the sole judges. It is 
your interest as well as duty, to examine it with the most 
critical attention, and it is your unquestionable right to propose 
such alterations as you may judge necessary, to approve and 
establish it as it now stands, or wholly to reject it. 

A perfect system of Government is not to be expected in 
the present imperfect state of humanity. But could a fault- 
less one be framed, it would not be universally approved unless 
its Judges were all equally perfect. Much less then, may we 
presume to hope that the plan here offered to view will meet 
with universal approbation. Unanimity of sentiment is sel- 
dom to be found in any case ; there are many reasons for 
despairing of it in the present. Besides the common sources 
for variety of opinions on points in general, there are new and 
particular ones in the case before us. There is nothing which 
our open, avowed enemies more dread than to see the several 
States each formed into a permanent and well-constructed 
body-politic; as nothing, under God, can more contribute to 
the stability of their councils or the success of their exertions. 
Nor have we any reason to doubt but that our secret, internal 
enemies are equally averse thereto. Every artifice will be 
devised, every effort tried, to frustrate an event equally dreaded 
by both. Let us guard against their machinations. 

Nor is it our enemies only we have to dread. We have 
much to fear from our friends ; from those who wish well to 
the common cause, and arc equally opposed to the common 
enemy. 



846 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

The love of Power is so alluring, we had almost said infat- 
uating, that few have ever been able to resist its bewitching 
influence. Wherever power is lodged there is a constant pro- 
pensity to enlarge its boundaries. Much more then, will 
those with whom it is entrusted, agonize to retain all that is 
clearly delegated to them. 

When the people of this state first thought proper to assume 
government for themselves, it was a time of difficulty and 
peril. That form which was the simplest, and first presented 
itself to their view, in the perturbation of spirits that then 
prevailed, they adopted without that thorough discussion and 
calm deliberation which so important an object required. It 
was not intended to be lasting. It was expressly declared by 
themselves to be temporary. 

In this imperfect form, the legislative and executive powers 
of government were vested in one body, to wit, in a General 
Court, consisting of two branches, a House of Representa- 
tives and a Council. Nor was any provision made therein for 
the exercise of the executive power in the recess of the Gen- 
eral assembly. So great a defect was soon discovered and felt ; 
and the Court thus established by the Constitution, without 
any new authority derived from the people, or without even 
consulting them, patch'd this flaw by delegating to a number 
of persons, whom they termed the ;t Committee of Safety," 
the executive power to be by them exercised in the recess of 
the General Assembly : which mode has been since continued, 
and the Committee have made an important part of the gov- 
ernment. 

A further defect among innumerable others, is the want of 
an Exclusiox-Bill : In consequence of which, many of the 
individuals who compose the aforementioned body, assist in 
enacting laws, in explaining and applying them, and in carry- 
ing them into execution. 

Can it seem strange then, that such persons, and indeed all 
who are vested with the aforementioned powers, should be 
backward in receiving and approving a Constitution that so 
remarkably retrenches them? that sets out in direct opposi- 
tion to the present one, with this position, that the three essen- 
tial powers of government ought ever to be kept totally inde- 
pendent of each other? It is not strange, it is perfectly nat- 
ural ; and the fact is fully verified by the length of time which the 
present form of •jovemment has been permitted to continue. 
But we trust you will with a manly and becoming firmness, 
oppose every interested adviser, reject every selfish motive, 
and with a noble independency of spirit, "even of yourselves 
judge what is right." 

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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 847 

as critically as the limits of our time will admit, the 
frame of government herewith exhibited to your view; its 
principles, and some of the motives that induced us to prefer 
it to atiy other system which occurred to us. 

Availing ourselves of the various theories and forms of gov- 
ernment we could meet with, whether new or old, examining 
their principles, and comparing them, as far as we were able, 
with experience, the surest touchstone, and most infallible 
comment, we collected sufficient, and we hoped the best, ma- 
terials for the political building now presented to your view. 

The three powers of government, before hinted at, to wit, 
The Legislative, or power of making laws, — The Judicial, or 
power of expounding and applying them to each particular 
case — And the Executive, to carry them into effect, and give 
the, political machine life and motion : These three important 
powers we have thought proper to keep as separate and dis- 
tinct as possible, for the following reasons. 

If thev should be all united, the government, would then-be 
a complete system of tyranny. The same party would-be leg- 
islator, accuser, judge, and executioner. 

If the Legislative and Judicial powers should be united, the 
maker of the Jaw would be the interpreter thereof, and might 
make it speak what language best pleased him, to the total abo- 
lition of justice. 

If the Executive and Legislative powers should be vested in 
one body, still greater evils would follow. This body would 
enact only such laws as it wished to carry into execution, and 
would, besides, entirely absorb and destroy the judicial power, 
one of the greatest securities of the life, liberty, and property 
of the subject; and in fine, would procure the same system of 
despotism first mentioned. And lastly, should the executive, 
and judicial powers be combined, the great barrier against op- 
pression would be at once destroyed : The laws would be made 
to bend to the will of that power which sought to execute them 
with the most unbridled rapacity. 

These several powers should also be independent; in order 
to which they are formed with a mutual check upon each other. 
We shall proceed to consider them distinctly. 

The Legislative power we have vested" in a Senate and 
House of Representatives (with the reserve hereafter men- 
tioned) each of which Branches is to have a negative on the 
other; and cither mav originate any Bill, except for the grant 
of monies which is always to originate in the house. Any al- 
terations or amendments may be proposed by either branch, in 
all cases. We have given the supreme executive power the right 
of revising and objecting to all the acts passed by the legisla- 
ture, for reasons hereafter to be mentioned. The manner oi 



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electing the second branch, or House of Representatives, as it 
is new, requires a particular discussion. 

Experience must have convinced every one who has been r 
in any degree, conversant with the transacting of business in 
public bodies, that a very large assembly is not the most con- 
venient for the purpose. There is seldom so much order, and 
never so much dispatch, as is to be found in a smaller body. 
The reason is obvious. This has given birth to the mode of 
cruising committees out of the whole body ; and experience 
hath demonstrated its utility. The Convention, therefore, 
were of opinion, that the confining this second branch to the 
number of fifty, which appeared to them sufficiently large for 
every purpose, Would be attended with the following salutary 
consequences. 

Fir^t, There would be, probably, a greater proportion of 
suitable men. than in a larger body. The manner of their 
choice, they being twice sifted, would likewise greatly promote- 
this. The debates,, would of course, be conducted with more 
wisdom, and unanimity. From their numbers, merely, there 
would be much less confusion, and infinitely. more dispatch. 
This would of itself, produce an amazing saving in the ex- 
pense, independent of the difference between paying fifty , and 
three times that number. For these and many other reasons, 
the reducing and confining this branch to a small number, was 
surely an achievement devoutly to be wished ! But how was 
it to be effected? Should the mode hitherto practised of chus- 
ing members be continued, scarce three towns in the state, 
would be eacli entitled to elect one. Should several towns be 
joined together till a number sufficiently large was collected to 
choose a representative, this would be abridging the privileges 
of towns, confounding them with each other and destroying 
their independences. This has been practised in some few in- 
stances, but has been the source of much complaint, and many 
heavy evils. 

The Convention therefore, after revolving the matter with 
the utmost attention, could hit upon no method that appeared 
to them in all respects, so unexceptionable as the one here of- 
fered. By allowing every town and parish having fifty ratea- 
ble polls to elect one member to compose a certain body, out 
of which the people's representatives arc to be chosen, almost 
every town and parish within the State that would wish to ex- 
ert the privilege, is included, and even such as have less than 
fifty rateable polls are permitted to join another. Besides, in 
a few years, tis probable, there will be no towns which have 
not fifty families at least within the State. The larger towns- 
being permitted to choose in the same proportion renders th& 
representation as equal as the nature of things will admit. 



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These bodies. thus chosen, one ra each county, after dividing 
the districts as mentioned in the Constitution, are respectively 
to choose from among themselves the representatives of the 
people to sit in the General Court. This mode will be found, 
■perhaps, as Wee. equal, and perfect, as any that can be de- 
vised. The objection, that in this way each town will not 
know, nor have the power of designating its own representa- 
tive, will, perhaps, on examination, be found one of the strong- 
est arguments in its favor. Those- interested views, that party 
spirit, and zeal for rivalry, which too often takes place 
in towns on such occasions, will be hereby in a great 
measure destroyed ; and the people will be- under a necessity 
of acting upon higher and better principles. 

The provision for publishing the journals of both Houses at 
the close of each session, supersedes another objection that 
might be stated against the want of information among the 
people, that the smallness of the Representative body might 
otherwise occasion. The only remaining objection of any 
weight, is the consequences that may arise from the assembling 
s > large a number of people together at the County Conven- 
tions. To this it is replied, that the County Delegates thro' 
the State, will be divided into five separate and distinct bodies 
■ — that ail will sit on the same day, — and probably not more 
than one day, unless upon extraordinary occasions — that they 
will be the chosen ones of the people, a most respectable body, 
with too much business on their hands to allow them time for 
dissipation, and too much of the people's welfare at their 
hearts to permit them to sow sedition. And even allowing 
some of the inconveniences hinted at really to follow, they must 
be less than if all should unite in one General Assembly, and 
sit, not one or two days only, but half the year, in the propor- 
tion of a hundred to one. 

We have been thus particular upon this head of representa- 
tion, partly on account of the novelty of the mode, and partly 
from a full conviction of the vast importance of the tiling. And 
we leave it for your faithful discussion ; observing as we do 
it, that it is what many great, wise, and learned men of our 
own, and other days, have wished to see put in practise, and 
have not seen it. 

The choice and powers of the Senate, having less of novelty 
and being sufficiently explained in the Constitution we shall 
pass ever with a bare mention, and proceed to the Executive 
Power. 

This Power is the active principle in all governments: It is 
the soul, and without it the body-politic is but a dead corpse. 
Its department is to put in execution all the laws enacted by 
the legislative body. It ought therefore, to have the appoint- 

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ment of all the civil officers of the State. It is at the head of 
the militia, and therefore should have equally the appointment 
. of all the- military officers within the same. Its characteristic req- 
uisites are secrecy, vigour, and dispatch. The fewer persons, 
therefore, this supreme power is trusted with, the greater proba- 
bility there isthat these requisites will be found. The convention 
therefore, on the maturest deliberation, have thought it best to 
lodge this power in the hands of one, whom they have stilecl 
the Govekxor. They have indeed, array' d him with hon- 
ors, they have armed him with power, and set him on high. 
But still he is only the right hand of your power, and the mir- 
ror of your majesty. Every possible provision is made to guard 
against the abuse of this high betrustsnent and protect the rights 
of the people. 

The manner of his choice is such, that lie is the most per- 
fect representative of the people. He can take no one step of 
importance without the advice; of his privy -council; and he is 
elected annually. But, as if this was too little, no one person 
is capable of being elected oftenev than three years in seven. 
Every necessary and useful qualification is required in him, in 
point of age, religion, residency, and fortune. In addition to 
all which, lie is liable for every misconduct to be impeached, 
tried, and displaced, by the two legislative branches ; and is 
amenable to the laws besides, equally with the meanest subject 
of the State. Thus controlled and checked himself the Con- 
vention thought it reasonable and necessarv, that he, in turn, 
should have some check on the legislative-power. They there- 
fore gave him the right of objecting to and suspending, tho' 
not the absolute control over the acts of that body ; which they 
thought indispensably necessarv to repel any encroachments 
on the executive power, and preserve its independency. 

The Judicial department falls next under our consideration. 

This comprehends the Judges of the several courts, and the 
Justices of peace throughout the State. These are all ap- 
pointed by the Governor, with the advice of Council, but not 
removable by him in case of malconduct, but by the legisla- 
ture, and in no case without the intervention of that body. 

The Judges all hold their offices during good behavior; the 
only proper term, especially for the Judges of the Supreme 
Court of Judicature, as they ought, in a peculiar manner, to 
feel themselves independent and free, and as none would be at 
the pains to qualify themselves for such important places, if 
they were liable to be removed at pleasure. As another in- 
ducement for persons so to qualify themselves as an encour- 
agement to vigilance, and an antidote to bribery and corrup- 
tion ; adequate, honorable, and permanent salaries to the 
Judges of the Supreme Court in a particular manner, we 



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t 

have made essential in the Constitution, and do now most 
strongly recommend. 

The alteration of Justices' commissions from life to five years, 
is to guard against age, incapacity, and too large a number; 
to secure the appointment of the best; and to prevent too 
frequent addresses and impeachments. You will judge of the 
propriety and expediency of this innovation, and either give 
it your sanction or not, as appears to you best. 

The reasons for the Exclusion Bill are too obvious to be 
pointed out. Sad experience has evinced the necessity of 
such a provision. Besides the interference of several offices 
held by the same person, In point of itwfr, which we have 
often seen ; and the difficulty of one man's giving his attention 
to many matters sufficiently to understand them all, which we 
have too often fell ; there is still a stronger reason, which is 
the difficulty of a man's preserving his integrity in discharging 
the duties of each unstained — at least by suspicion. 

From the deepest impression of the vast importance of 
Literature in a free government, we have interwoven it 
with, and made its protection and encouragement a part of the 
Constitution itself. 

The Bill of Rights contains the essential principles of 
the Constitution. It is the foundation on which the whole po- 
litical fabric is reared, and is consequently, a most important 
part thereof. We have endeavored therein to ascertain and 
define the most important and essential natural rights of man. 
We have distinguished betwixt the alienable and unalienable 
rights: for the former of which men may receive an equiva- 
lent: for the latter, or the rights of Conscience, they can 
receive none ; The World itself being wholly inadequate to 
the purchase. iv For what is a man profited, though he should 
gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" 

The various modes of worship among mankind, arc founded 
in their various sentiments and beliefs concerning the Great 
Object of all religious worship and adoration. Therefore to 
him alone and not to man, arc they accountable for them. 

Thus the Convention have endeavored to explain as particu- 
larly as they could without trespassing on your patience, the- 
reasons and principles upon which they have labored to forms 
this Constitution. They have done it in integrity and faithful- 
ness. They conceived themselves as part of the community 
for which the Constitution is intended, and therefore equally 
interested with the other members in framing the best. What- 
ever latent defects there may be in it, time will discover them 
— and, at the end of seven years, provision is made that they 
may be amended. Confiding therefore, in your candor, and 
humbly imploring on your behalf, that assistance which the 



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fountain of Wisdom sees you need, we leave it in your hands, 
and wait with chearful acquiescence, your decision. 

2n the Name and pursuant to a Resolution* of the Con- 
vention. 

George Atkinson, President. 

Attest. Jon a. M. Sewall, Secretary. 



PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF. 17S1. 

A CONSTITUTION OR FORM OF GOVERNMENT, AGREED UPON BY 
THE DELEGATES OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW 
HAMPSHIRE IN CONVENTION, 

Begun and held at Concord, on the second Tuesday of June, 
17S1, and continued by adjourn merit, to the s:cond Tuesday 
of September following: To be submitted to the PEOPLE 
for their revision, in order to the completing of the same, in 
conformity to their amendments, at a session to be holden 
for that purpose, on the fourth Wednesday of January next. 



A Constitution or Form of Government for the State 
of New Hampshire. 

PART I. 

A Declaration of the Rights of the People of New Hamp- 
shire. 

ARTICLE I. 

All men are born equally free and independent, therefore all 
government of right originates from the people, is founded in 
consent, and instituted for the general good. 

11. 
All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights 
among which are, — the enjoying and defending life and lib- 
erty — acquiring, possessing and protecting property, — and in a 
word of seeking and obtaining happiness. 



When Men enter into a state of society, they surrender up 
some of their natural rights to that society in order to secure 
the protection of others, and without such an equivalent the. 
surrender is void. 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. S53 

IV. 

Among the natural rights, some arc in their very nature 
unalienable, because no equivalent can be given or received 
for them. Of this kind are the Rights of Conscience. 

v. 

Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to wor- 
ship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and 
reason, — and no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained 
in his person, liberty or estate for worshipping God, in the 
manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own 
conscience, or for his religious profession, sentiments or per- 
suasion ; provided he doth not disturb the public peace or dis- 
turb others in their religious worship. 

VI. 

As morality and piety, rightly grounded on evangelical 
principles, will give the "best and greatest security to Govern- 
ment, and will lay in the hearts of men the strongest obliga- 
tions to due subjection ; and as the knowledge of these is most 
likely to be propagated through a society by the institution of 
the public worship of the Deity and of public instruction in 
morality and religion ; therefore to promote these important 
purposes, the people of this State have a right to impower, 
and do hereby fully impower the Legislature to authorize 
from time to time, the several towns, parishes, bodies corpo- 
rate or religious societies within this State to make adequate 
provision at their own expence, for the support and mainte- 
nance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion and 
morality; 

Provided notwithstanding. That the several towns, par- 
ishes, bodies-corporate or religious societies, shall at all times 
have the exclusive right of electing their own public teachers, 
and of contracting with them for their support and' mainte- 
nance. And no person of any one particular religious sect or 
denomination, shall ever be compelled to pay towards the 
support ot the teacher or teachers of another persuasion, sect 
or denomination. 

And every denomination of christians demeaning them- 
selves quietly and as good subjects of the State, shall be 
equally under the protection of the law ; and no subordination 
ot any one sect or denomination to another shall ever be 
established by law. 

And nothing herein shall be understood to affect any former 
contracts made for the support of the ministry, but all such 
contracts shall remain and be in the same state as if this Con- 
stitution had not been made. 



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VII. 

The people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of 
.governing themselves as a free, sovereign and independent State, 
and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise, and enjoy every 
power, jurisdiction and right pertaining thereto, which is not, 
or may not hereafter be by them expressly delegated to the 
United States of America in Congress assembled. 

VIII. I 

All power residing originally in, and being derived from 
the people, all the magistrates, and officers of government, are 
their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to 
them. ■ I 

IX. i 

No office or pl3.ee whatsoever in government shall bo hered- 
itary — the abilities and integrity requisite in all, not being 
transmissible to posterity or relations. 

1 

Government being instituted for the common benefit, pro- 
tection, and security of the whole community, and not for the 
private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class 
.of men, therefore whenever the ends of government are per- 
verted, and puolic liberty manifestly endangered, and all other 
means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right 
ought, to reform the old, or establish a new government; the 
doctrine of non resistance against arbitrary power, and oppres- 
sion is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happi- 
ness, of mankind. 

XI. 

All elections ought to be free, and every inhabitant of the 
State having the proper qualifications, has equal right to elect, 
and be elected into office. 

XII. 

Every member of the community has a right to be protected 
by it in tiie enjoyment of his life, liberty and property — he is 
therefore bound to contribute his share in the expence of such 
protection, and to yield his personal service when necessary, or 
an equivalent. But no part of a man's property shall be taken 
from him. or applied to public uses, without his own consent 
or that of the Representative body of the people. Nor are 
the inhabitants of this State controllable by any other laws 
than those to which they or their Representative body have 
given their consent. 

XIII. 

No person who is conscientiously scrupulous about the law- 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. S55 

fulness of bearing arms, shall be compelled thereto, provided 
he will pay an equivalent. 

XIV. 

Every subject of this state is entitled to a certain remedy, by 
-having recourse to the laws, for all injuries he may receive in 
his person, property or character, to obtain right and justice 
freely.* without being obliged to purchase it; completely, and 
without any denial ; promptly, and without delay, conforma- 
bly to the iaws. 

XV. 

No subject shall be held to answer for any crime, or offence, 
until the same is fully and plainly, substantially and formally, 
described to him ; or be compelled to accuse or furnish evi- 
dence against himself. And every subject shall have a right 
to* produce all proofs that may be favorable to himself; to 
• meet the witnesses against him face to face, and to be fully heard 
in his defence by himself, and Counsel. And no subject shall 
be arrested, imprisoned, despoiled, or deprived of his prop- 
erty. Immunities, or privileges, put out of the protection of 
the law, exiled, ov deprived of his life, liberty or estate, but by 
the judgment of his peers, or the law of the land. 

XVI. 

No subject shall be liable to be tried, after an acquittal, for 
•any crime or offence whatsoever. Nor shall the Legislature 
make any law that shall subject any person to a capital pun- 
ishment, excepting for the government of the army and navy, 
and the. militia in actual service, without trial by jury. 

xvn. 
In criminal prosecutions, the trial of facts in the vicinity 
where they happen, is so essential to the security of the life, 
liberty and estate of the citizen, that no crime or offence ought 
to be tried in any other county than where it is committed. 

XVIII. 

All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the 
oflence. No wise Legislature will affix the same punishment 
to the crimes of theft, forgery and the like, that they do to 
those of murder and treason ; where the same undistinguish- 
ing severity is exerted against all oitences, the people are led 
to forget the real distinction in the crimes themselves, and to 
commit the most flagrant with as little compunction as they 
do those of the lightest dve ; for the same reason a multitude 
of sanguinary laws are both impolitic and unjust. The true 
design of all punishment being to reform, 
mankind. 



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XIX. 

Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreason- 
able searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, 
and all his possessions. All warrants, therefore, are contrary 
to this right, if the cause or foundation of them, be not previ- 
ously suported by oath, or affirmation ; and if the order in the 
warrant to a civil officer, to make search in suspected places, 
or to arrest one or more suspected persons, or to seize their 
property, be not accompanied with a special designation of the- 
persons or objects of search, arrest, or seizure ; And no war- 
rant ought to be issued but in cases, and with the formalities 
prescribed by the laws. 

xx. 

In all controversies concerning property, and in all suits be- 
tween two or more persons, except in cases in which it has- 
been heretofore otherwise used and practised, the parties have 
a right to trial by jury ; and this method of procedure shall be- 
held sacred, unless in causes arising on the high seas, and such 
as relate to Mariners wages, the Legistature shall find it neces- 
sary hereafter to alter it. 

XXI. 

In order to reap the fullest advantage of the inestimable priv- 
ilege of the trial by Jury, great cure ou2;ht to be taken that 
none but qualified persons should be capable of serving, and 
such ought to be fully compensated for their travel, time and 
attendance. 

XXII. 

The liberty of the Press is essential to the security of free- 
dom in a State ; it ought therefore to be inviolably preserved. 

XXIII. 

Retrospective laws are highly injurious, oppressive and un- 
just. No such laws therefore should be made, either for the 
decision of civil causes, or the punishment of offences. 

XXIV.' 

A well regulated militia is the proper, natural, and sure de- 
fence of a State. 

xxv. 
Standing armies are dangerous to liberty, and ought not to- 
be raised or kept up without the consent of the Legislature. 

xxvi. 
In ail cases, and at all times, the military ought to be under 
strict subordination to, and governed by the civil power. 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 857 

XXVII. 

No soldier in time of peace shall be quartcr'd in any house 
without the consent of the owner, and in time of war such 
quarters ought not to be made but by the civil magistrate in a 
manner ordained by the Legislature. 

XXVIII. 

No subsidy, charge, tax, impost or duty shall be established, 
fixed, laid, or levied, under any pretext whatsoever, without 
the consent of the people or their Representatives in the Leg- 
islature or authority derived from that body. 

XXIX. 

The power of suspending the laws", or the execution of 
them, ought never to be exercised but by the Legislature, or 
by authority derived therefrom, to be exercised in such partic- 
ular cases only as the Legislature shall expressly provide for. 

xxx. 
The freedom of deliberation, speech, and debate, in cither 
House of the Legislature, is so essential to the rights of the 
people, that it cannot be the foundation of any action, com- 
plaint, or prosecution, in any other court or place whatsoever, 

xxxi. 
The Legislature ought frcquentlv to assemble for the redress 
of grievances, for correcting, strengthening, and confirming 
the laws, and for making new ones, as the common good may 
require. 

xxxii. 
The people have a right in an orderly and peaceable man- 
ner, to assemble in order to consult upon the common good, 
give instructions to their Representatives; and to request of 
the Legislative-body, by way of petition or remonstrance, re- 
dress of the wrongs clone them, and of the grievances they 
eufier. 

XXXIII. 

No magistrate or court of law shall demand excessive bail 
or sureties, impose excessive tines, or inflict cruel or unusual 
punishments. 

XXXIV. 

No person can in any case be subjected to law-martial, or to 
any pains, or penalties by virtue of that law, except those per- 
sons employed in the army or navy, and except the militia in 
actual service, but by the authority of the Legislature. 



S$S NEW HAMPSHIRE 



PART II. 

FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 

The people inhabiting- the territory formerly called the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire, do hereby solemnly and mutually 
agree with each other, to form themselves into a free, sove- 
reign and independent Body-politic or State, by the Name of 
the STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



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XXXV. 

It is essential to the preservation of the rights of every indi- 
vidual, his life, liberty property and character, that there be an 
impartial interpretation of the laws, and administration of Jus- 
tice. It is the right of every citizen to be tried by Judges as 
impartial as the lot of humanity will admit. It is therefore 
not only the best policy but tor the security of the rights of 
the people that the Judges of the Supreme (or Superior) Ju- 
dicial Court should hold their offices so long as they behave 
well ; and that they should have honorable Salaries, ascer- 
tained and established by standing laws. 

xxxvr. 
Economy being a most essential virtue in all States, more 
especially in a young one, no person ought to receive any 
stipend, or salary, but as an equivalent for actual services, 
and the Legislature ought to be exceeding cautious of grant- 
ing pensions, especially for life. 

xxxvu. 
In the government of this state, the three essential powers 
thereof, to wit, the Legislative, Executive and Judicial, ought 
to be kept as separate from and independent of ench other, as 
the nature of a free government will admit, or as is consistent 
with that chain of connection that binds the whole fabric of 
the Constitution in one indissoluble bond of union and amity. 

XXXVIII. 

A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the 
Constitution, and a constant adherence to justice, moderation, 
temperance, industry, frugality, and all the social virtues, are 
indispensably necessary to preserve the blessings of. liberty and 
good government ; the people ought therefore, to have a par- 
ticular regard to all those principles in the choice of their off! 
cers and representatives: And they have a right to require of 
their law givers and magistrates an exact and constant ob- 
servance of them in the formation and execution of the laws 
necessary for the good administration of government. 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS* S59 

THE GENERAL COURT. 

The supreme legislative power within this State shall be 
vested in a Senate and House of Representatives, each of 
which shall have a negative on the other. 

The Senate and House shall assemble every year on the 
first Wednesday of June, and at such other times as they may 
judge necessary, and shall dissolve, and be dissolved, seven 
days next preceding the said first Wednesday of June, and 
shall be stited the General Couut of New Hampshire. 

No bill or resolve of the Senate or House of Representa- 
tives, shall become a law, and have force, as such, until it 
shall have been laid before the Governor for his revised : And 
if he, upon such revision, approve thereof, he shall signify his 
approbation by signing the same. But if he has any objec- 
tion to the passing of such, bill or resolve, he shall return the 
same, together with his objections thereto, in writing, to the 
Senate or House of Representatives, in whichsoever the same 
shall have originated; who shall enter the objections sent 
down by the Governor, at large, on their records, and proceed 
to reconsider the said bill or resolve : But if upon such recon- 
sideration, three quarters of said Senate or House of Repre- 
sentatives, shall notwithstanding the said objections, agree to 
pass the same, it shall, together with the objections, be sent to 
the other branch of the Leg'slature, where it shall be also 
reconsidered, and if approved by three quarters of the mem- 
bers present, it shall have the force of a law : But in all such 
cases, the votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas 
and nays ; and the names of the persons voting for, or against, 
the said bill or resolve, shall be entered upon the public rec- 
ords of the State. 

And in order to prevent unnecessary delavs, if any bill or 
resolve shall not be returned by the Governor within eight 
days after it shall have been presented, the same shall have 
the force of law. 

The General Court shall forever have full power and au- 
thority to erect and constitute Judicatories and courts of rec- 
ord, or other courts, to be holden in the name of the State, 
for the heaiing, trying, and determining all manner of crimes, 
offences, picas, processes, plaints, actions, causes, matters and 
things, whatsoever, arising, or happening within this State, or 
between or concerning persons inhabiting, or residing or 
brought Within the same, whether the same be criminal or 
civil, or whether the crimes be capital, or not capital, and 
whether the said pleas be real, personal or mixt ; and for the 
awarding and issuing Execution thereon : To which courts and 
judicatories are hereby given and granted full power and au- 



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thoritv, from time to time, to administer oaths or affirmations 
for the better discovery of truth in any matter in controversy, 
or depending before them. 

And farther, full power and authority are hereby given and 
granted to the said General Court, from time to time, to make, 
ordain, and establish, all manner of wholesome and reasona- 
ble orders, laws, statutes, ordinances, directions, and instruc- 
tions, either with penalties or without; so as the same be not 
repugnant or contrary to this Constitution, as they may judge 
for the benefit and welfare of this State, and for the governing 
and ordering thereof, and of the subjects of the same, for the 
necessary support and defence of the government thereof ; and 
to name and settle annually, or provide by fixed laws, for the 
naming and settling all civil officers within this State ; such 
officer* excepted, the election and appointment of whom, are 
hereafter in this form of government, otherwise provided for; 
and to set forth the several duties, powers and limits, of the 
several civil and military officers of this State, and the forms 
of such oaths or affirmations, as shall be respectively admin- 
istered unto them for the execution of their several offices and 
places, so as the same be not repugnant or contrary to this 
Constitution ; and also to impose fines, mulcts, imprisonments, 
and other punishments ; and to impose and levy proportional 
and reasonable assessments, rates and taxes, upon ail the 
inhabitants of, and residents within the said State ; and upon 
all estates within the same : to be issued and disposed of by 
warrant under the hand of the Governor of this State for the 
time being, with the advice and consent of the Council, for 
the public service, in the necessary defence and support of the 
government of this State, and the protection and preservation 
of the subjects thereof, according to such acts as are or shall 
be in force within the same. 

And while the public charge of government, or any part 
thereof, shall be assessed on polls and estates in the manner 
that has hitherto been practiced, in order that such assess- 
ments may be made with equality, there shall be a valuation 
of the estates within the State taken anew once in every five 
years at least, and as much oftener as the General Court shall 
order. 

SENATE. 
There shall be annually elected by the freeholders and other 
inhabitants of this State, qualified as in this Constitution is 
provided, twelve persons t:> be Senators for the year ensuing 
their election ; to be chosen in and by the inhabitants of the 
districts, into which this State may from time to time be di- 
vided by the General Court, for that purpose : And the Gen 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS, 86l 

eral Court, in assigning the number to be elected by the re- 
spective districts, shall govern themselves by the proportion 
of public taxes paid by the said districts; and timely make 
known to the inhabitants of the State, the limits of each dis- 
trict, and the number of Senators to be elected therein; pro- 
vided the number of such districts shall* never be more than 
ten, nor less than five. And the several Counties in this 
State, shall, until the General Court shall order otherwise, be 
districts for the election of Senators, and shall elect the fol- 
lowing number, viz. . 

Rockingham, Five. 
Strafford, Two. 
Cheshire, Two. 
H i 1 lsborough , Two . 
t Grafton, One. 

The Senate shall be the first branch of the Legislature ; and 
the Senators shall be chosen in the following manner, viz. 
every male inhabitant of each town and parish with town- 
privileges, in the several counties in this State, of twenty-one 
years ot age and upwards, having a freehold estate in his own 
right, of the value of One hundred pounds; situated in tins 
State, or other estate to that amount, shall have a right at the 
annual or other meetings of the inhabitants Of said towns and 
parishes, to be duly warned and holden annually forever in the 
month of March, to vote in the town or parish wherein he 
dwells, for the senators in the county or district whereof he is 
a member. 

And every person, qualified as the constitution provides, 
shall be considered an inhabitant for the purpose of electing 
and being elected into any office or place within this state in 
that town, parish or plantation where he dwelleth and hath 
his home. 

The Selectmen of the several towns and parishes aforesaid, 
shall, during the choice of senators, preside at such meetings 
impartially, and shall receive the votes of all the inhabitants 
of such towns and parishes present and qualified to vote for 
senators, and shall sort and count the same in the meeting, 
and in presence of the town clerk, who shall make a fair rec- 
ord in presence of the Selectmen, and in open meeting, of the 
name of every person voted for, and the number of votes 
against his name, and a fair copy of this record, shall be at- 
tested by the Selectmen and town clerk, and shall be sealed up 
and directed to the Secretary of the State, with a superscrip- 
tion expressing the purport thereof, and delivered by the said 
clerk to the sheriff of the county in which such town or par- 
ish lies, thirty days at least, before the first Wednesday of 



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June ; and the sheriff of each county or his deputy, shall de- 
liver all such certificates by him received, into the; Secretary's 
office, seventeen days, at least, before the first Wednesday of 
Tune. 

And the inhabitants of plantations & places unincorporated,' 
qualified as this constitution provides, who are, or shall be, re- 
quired to -assess taxes upon themselves towards the support of 
government, or shall be taxed therefor; shall have the same 
privilege of voting for senators in the plantations and places 
wherein they reside, as the inhabitants of the respective towns 
and parishes aforesaid have: And the meetings of such plan- 
tations and places for that purpose shall be holden annually in 
the month of March, at such places respectively therein, as the 
assessors thereof shall direct; which assessors shall have like 
authority tor notifying the electors, collecting and returning the 
votes, as the Selectmen and town clerks have in the several 
towns by this constitution. 

And that there may be a due meeting of senators on the first 
Wedncsda\ of June annually, the Governor and three of the 
Council for the time being, shall as soon as may be, examine 
the returned copies of such records ; and fourteen days before 
the said first Wednesday of June, be shall issue his sum- 
mons to such persons as appear to be chosen senators by a 
majority of votes, to attend and take their seats on that day : 
Provided, nevertheless, that for the first year the said returned 
copies shall be examined by the president and five of the . . J 

Council of the former constitution of government ; and the 
said president shall in like manner, notify the persons elected, 
to attend and take their seats accordingly. 

The senate shall be final judge of the elections, returns, and 
qualifications of their own members, as pointed out in the con- 
stitution, and shall on the said first Wednesday of June annu- 
ally, determine and declare, who are ejected by each district 
to be senators by a majority of votes: And in case there shall 
not appear to be the full number returned elected by a major- 
ity of votes for any district, the deficiency shall be supplied in 
the following manner, viz. the members of the house of rep- 
resentatives and such senators as shall be declared elected, 
shall take the names of such persons as shall be found to have 
the highest number of votes in each district, and not elected, 
amounting to twice the number of senators wanting, if there 
be so many voted for; and out of them shall elect by joint 
ballot the number of senators wanted for such district : And 



in this manner all such vacancies shall be filled up in every 
district of the state, and in like manner ail vacancies in the 
senate, arising by death, removal out of the state, or otherwise, 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 863 

shall be supplied as soon as may be, after such vacancies hap- 
pen. 

Provided nevertheless, That no person shall be capable of 
being elected a senator, who is not of the Protestant Religion, 
and seized of a freehold estate in his own right of the value of 
four hundred pounds, clear of debt, lying within this state,, 
and who is not of the age of thirty years, and who shall not 
have been an inhabitant of this state for seven years immedi- 
ately preceding his election, and at the time thereof he shall be 
an inhabitant of the district for which he shall be chosen. 

The senate shall have power to adjourn themselves, provided 
such adjournment do not exceed two days at a time. 

The senate shall choose its own president, appoint its own' 
officers, and determine its own rules of proceedings. And not 
less than eight members of the senate shall make a quorum for 
doing business. 

The senate shall be a court with full power and authority to 
hear and determine all impeachments made by the house of 
representatives, against any officer or officers of the State, for 
misconduct or mal-administrntion in their offices. But previous 
to the trial of any such impeachment, the members of the 
senate shall respectively be sworn, truly and impartially to try 
and determine the charge in question according to evidence. 
Their judgment, however, shall not extend further than re- 
moval from office, disqualification to hold or enjoy any place 
of honor, trust or profit under this state ; but the party so con- 
victed, shall nevertheless be liable to indictment, trial, judg- 
ment and punishment, according to the laws of the land. 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 

There shall be in the legislature of this state, a representa- 
tion of the people, consisting of fifty, members, - apportioned 
upon each county, as follows, viz. for the 

County of Rockingham, twenty; 

Strafford,' eight'; 

Hillsborough., ten ; 

Cheshire, eight ; 

Grafton, four ; 
and elected in County-Conventions. 

In order that the representation of the citizens of this state, 
may be as equal as a Large political society will admit; every 
corporate town, and parish, having town privileges, contain- 
ing fifty rateable polls, may elect one delegate for such County 
Convention, wherein such town or parish lies; every such 
town, or parish, containing one hundred rateable polls, may 
elect two such delegates, and so proceeding in that manner, 
making fifty the mean increasing number for every additional 



864 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

delegate. And if after the fifties are deducted, there should 
remain twenty five, or more such rateable polls, that remain- 
ing number shall entitle such town or parish to elect another 
delegate therefor. And every corporate town, or parish with 
town privileges, which now, or hereafter, shall not contain 
fifty rateable polls, shall have a right to join, or associate with 
some town or towns adjoining, for the election of delegates ; 
and in such cases, the votes thus united, shall have the right to 
elect the same number of delegates, as they would have done 
were they inhabitants of one corporate town ; which delegates 
may be elected out of cither of the associated towns, or par- 
ishes, indifferently. And the legislature, from time to time, 
shall determine what towns or parishes shall thus associate, 
the manner of their association, and the method of calling and 
conducting the meetings' of such associated towns and par- 
ishes, for the election of delegates to the county conventions. 

The delegates for the county conventions shall be elected by 
a majority of written votes, and no person shall be a delegate, 
unless he be of the Protestant Religion, and for two y ears next 
preceding his election an inhabitant of the town, parish, or 
association, for which he may be chosen. ; and shall have an 
estate of the value of two hundred pounds clear of debt, one 
half of which, shall be a freehold whereof he is seized in his 
own right, situate in the town, parish, or association, for which 
he may be elected. 

The meeting of the several towns, parishes and associations, 
for the choice of such delegates, shall after being duly warned, 
be holden in the respective towns, parishes & associations in 
the month of March annually. 

The Selectmen of the several towns, parishes and associa- 
tions, shall preside at such meetings, receive the votes of the 
inhabitants thereof present, and qualified to vote for such del- 
egates, in presence of the clerk thereof, who shall make a fair 
record in said meeting, in presence of the Selectmen, of the 
names of the delegates chosen by a majority of votes, and of 
the number of votes for each against his name; and a fair 
copy of this record shall be attested by the Selectmen and 
clerk of the meeting, and timely delivered to each delegate. 

The conventions for the choice of representatives for each 
county shall be holden at the following time and places, viz. 
on the third Wednesday of April annually. At Chester, for 
and in the county of Rockingham ; At Rochester, for and in 
the county of Strafford ; At Amherst, for and in the county of 
Hillsborough ; At Walpole, for and in the county of Cheshire ; 
At Haverhill, for and in the county of Grafton. 

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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 865 

the legislature, for others more convenient within the respect- 
ive counties. A quorum of each convention for doing busi- 
ness, shall never be less than two thirds of its members. 

Each convention shall be the judge of the returns, qualifica- 
tions, and elections of its own members as pointed out in the 
■constitution, shall choose their own president and clerk, and 
settle rules for their own proceedings. 

Each county shall contain as many districts, as the same 
shall have representatives, and each district in each county, 
shall be so divided by the respective annual conventions, as 
each shall contain equal number of rateable polls, or as near 
as may be. 

The several counties in the State shall be so divided into 
districts by the conventions of each county, at their first an- 
nual meeting ; and forever after at every fifth annual conven- 
tion, Which being done, each convention, shall elect by a 
majority of written votes out of the members who are chosen 
to compose such convention, a representative for each district,; 
and living within the district for which he may be chosen. 
And the president of such convention, with the clerk, shall 
sort and count the votes, and declare who are chosen repre- 
sentatives by a majority of votes for each district within such 
county, and the clerk shall make a fair record of the names of 
each representative, and of the number of votes for each 
against his name, in open convention; and deliver a copy of 
the record attested by the president and clerk, to each repre- 
sentative, as soon as may be. 

Each convention shall have power to adjourn themselves 
but not longer than two days at a time. All intermediate va- 
cancies in the house of representatives, may be tilled up from 
time to time by the convention of the county wherein the 
same may happen, agreeably to the writ from the house of 
representatives for that purpose ; which occasional conven- 
tion shall be holdcn at the same places appointed for the an- 
nual ones, and at such times as the writ shall direct; and such 
representatives shall be elected and returned, in like manner 
as those at the annual conventions. 

The house of representatives shall be chosen annually, and 
shall be the second branch of the legislature. 

The wages and travel to the General Court, and returning 
home, once in every session, shall be paid out of the public 
treasury, to every member, who in the judgment of the house, 
shall attend seasonably, and not depart without leave. 

The house of representatives shall be the grand inquest of 
the State, and all impeachments made by them, shall be 
heard and tried by the Senate. 

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All money bills shall originate in the house of representa- 
tives, but the senate may propose or concur with amendments 
as on other bills. 

The house of representatives shall have power to adjourn 
themselves, but not longer than two days at a time. 

Two thirds of the members of the house of representatives 
elected, provided the said two thirds do not amount to a less 
number than thirty, shall make a quorum for doing business. 

No member of the house of representatives or senate shall 
be arrested, or held to bail on mean process, during his going" 
to, returning from,- or attendance upon the court. 

The house of representatives shall choose their own speak- 
er, appoint their own officers, settle the rules of proceedings- 
in their own house ; and issue writs to fill up any interme- 
diate vacancies therein. They shall have authority to punish. 
by imprisonment, every person who shall be guilty of disre- j 

spect to the house in its presence, by any disorderly and con- 
temptuous behaviour, or by threatening, or ill treating any of 
its members ; or by obstructing its deliberations ; every per- 
son guilty of a breach of its privileges in making arrests for 
debt, or by assaulting any of its members during his attend- 
ance at any session, in assaulting or disturbing any one of its offi- 
cers in the execution of any order or procedure of the house, 
in assaulting any witness or other person, ordered to attend 
and during his attendance, of the house, or in rescuing any 
person arrested by order of the house, knowing them to be 
such. The Senate and Governor, and Council, shall have the 
same powers in like cases, provided that no imprisonment by 
either for any offence, exceed ten days. 

The Journals of the proceedings of both houses of the Gen- 
eral Court, shall be printed and published immediately after 
every adjournment, or prorogation ; and upon motion made 
by any one member, the yeas and nays upon any question* 
shall be taken and entered in the journals. 

The legislature shall once every five years from the com- 
mencement of this constitution, apportion the representatives, 
anew to and for each county, according to the number of rate- 
able polls each may contain. 

EXECUTIVE POWER. 

GOVERNOR. 

There shall be a supreme executive Magistrate, who shall 
be stiied, the Governor of the State of New Hampshire ; 
and whose Title shall be His Excellency. 

The Governor shall be chosen annually ; and no person 



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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 867 

shall be eligible to this office, unless at the time of his elec- 
tion, he shall have been an inhabitant of this state for seven 
years next preceding, and unless he shall be of the age of 
thirty years, and unless he shall, at the same time, have an 
estate of the value of one thousand pounds, one half of which 
shall consist of a freehold, clear of debt, within the state; and 
unless he shall be of the Protestant religion. 

Those persons qualified to vote for delegates to the county 
conventions, within the several towns, parishes, and planta- 
tions, of this state, shall at a meeting to be called for that pur- 
pose, some day in the month of March annually, give in their 
votes for a Governor to the select men, who shall preside at 
such meeting, and the clerk in the presence and with the as- 
sistance of the select men, shall in open meeting sort and count 
the votes, and form a list of 'die persons voted for, with the 
number of votes for each person against his name ; and shall 
make a fair record of the same in the town books ; and a pub- 
lic declaration thereof in the said meeting ; and shall in the 
presence of said inhabitants seal up a copy of said list, attested 
by him and the selectmen, and transmit the same to the sheriff 
of the county, thirty days at least before the first Wednesday 
of June, or shall cause returns of the same to be made to the 
office of the secretary of the state, seventeen days at least, before 
said day: who shall lay the same before the senate and house 
of representatives on the first Wednesday of June, to be by 
them examined : And in case of an election by a majority of 
votes thro' the state, the choice shall be by them declared and 
published : But if no person shall have a majority of votes, 
the house of representatives shall by ballot elect two out of four 
persons, who had the highest, number of votes, if so many 
shall have been voted for ; but if otherwise, out of the number 
voted for ; and make return to the senate of the two persons so 
elected, on which the senate shall proceed by ballot to elect one 
of them, who shall be declared Governor. 

The Governor, with the advice of Council, shah have full 
power and authority in the recess ®£ the general court, to pro- 
rogue the same from time to time, not exceeding ninety days 
in any one recess of said court ; and during the session of said 
court, to adjourn or prorogue it to any time the two houses 
may desire; and to call it together sooner, than the time to 
which it may be adjourned, or prorogued, if the welfare of the 
state should require the same. 

In cases of disagreement between the two houses, with re- 
gard to the time of adjournment, or prorogation, the Gov- 
ernor, with advice of Council, shall have the right to adjourn 
or prorogue the General Court, not exceeding ninety days, at 
any one time, as he may determine the public good may re- 



868 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

quire. And he shall dissolve the same seven days before the 
said first Wednesday of June, And in case of any infectious 
distemper prevailing in the place where the said court at any 
time is to convene, or any other cause whereby dangers may 
arise to the healths, or lives, of the members from their at- 
tendance, the Governor may direct the session to be holdenat 
some other the most convenient place within the State. 

The Governor of this State for the time being, shall be com- 
mander in chief Of the army and navy, and all the military 
forces of the State, by sea and land ; and shall have full power 
by himself, or by any chief commander, or other officer, or of- 
ficers, from time to time, to train, instruct, exercise, and gov- 
ern the militia and navy ; and for the special defence and safety 
of this state, to assemble in martial array, and put in warlike 
posture, the inhabitants thereof, and to lead and conduct them, 
and with them to encounter, expulse, repel, resist and pursue 
by force of arms, as well by sea as by land, within and with- 
out the limits of this state ; and also to kill, slay, destroy, if 
necessary, and conquer by all fitting ways, enterprize and 
means, all and every such person and persons, as shall at any 
time, hereafter, in a hostile manner, attempt or enterprize the 
destruction, invasion, detriment, or annoyance of this State ; 
and to use and exercise over the army and navy, and over the 
militia in actual service, the law martial in time of war, inva- 
sion, and also in rebellion, declared by the legislature to exist, 
as occasion shall necessarily require. And also from time to 
time, to erect forts, and fortify any place or places w r ithin the 
said state, and the same to furnish with all necessary ammuni- 
tions, provisions and warlike stores for defence and offence, and 
to commit, from time to time, the custody and government of 
the same, to such person or persons as to him may seem meet : 
And in time of emergency, the said forts and fortifications to 
demolish at his discretion: and to take and surprize by all 
ways and means whatsoever, ail and every such person or per- 
sons, with their ships, arms, ammunition, and other goods, as 
shall in a hostile manner invade, or attempt the invading, con- 
quering, or annoying this State : and in fine, that the Gov- 
ernor be, and hereby is intrusted with all other powers inci- 
dent to the office of Captain-General and Commander in Chief, 
and Admiral, to be exercised agreeably to the rules and regu- 
lations of the Constitution, and the laws of the land. Pro- 
vided, that the Governor shall not at any time hereafter, by 
virtue of any power by this constitution granted, or hereafter 
to be granted to him by the legislature, transport any of the in- 
habitants of this state, or oblige them to march out of the lim- 
its of the same, without their free and voluntary consent, or 
the consent of the general court; nor grant commissions for 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 869 

exercising the law martial upon any of the inhabitants of this 
state, without the advice and consent of the council of the 
same. 

The power of pardoning of offences, except such as persons 
may be convicted of before the senate by the impeachment of 
the house, shall be in the Governor, by and with the advice of 
the Council. But no charter of pardon granted by the Gov- 
ernor, with the advice of Council, before conviction, shall avail 
the party pleading the same notwithstanding any general or 
particular expressions contained therein, descriptive of the of- 
fence or offences intended to be pardoned. 

All judicial officers, the Attorney-General, Solicitor-Gen- 
eral, all Sheriffs, Coroners, Registers of Probate, and other 
civil officers, except such as are to be otherwise elected or ap- 
pointed by this constitution, or the laws of the state, and all 
officers of the militia and navy shall be nominated and ap- 
pointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent 
of the Council ; and every such nomination shall be made by 
the Governor, at least seven days prior to such appointment. 

No officer, duly commissioned to command in the militia, 
shall be removed from his office, but by the address of both 
houses to the Governor, or by fair trial in court martial, pur- 
suant to the laws of the state for the time being. 

The commanding officers of regiments shall appoint their 
adjutants and quarter-masters ; the brigadiers their brigade 
majors ; the major-generals their aids ; the captains and sub- 
alterns their non-commissioned officers. 

The Governor, with the advice of Council, shall appoint all 
officers of the Continental army, whom by the confederation 
of the United States it is provided that this state shall appoint, 
as also all officers of forts and garrisons. 

The division of the militia into Brigades, regiments, and 
companies, made in pursuance of the militia laws now in force, 
shall be considered as the proper division of the militia of this 
state, until the same shall be altered by some future law. 

No monies shall be issued out of the treasury of this state, 
and disposed of, (except such sums as may be appropriated for 
the redemption of bills of credit or treasurers notes, or for the 
payment of interest arising thereon) but by warrant under the 
hand cf the Governor, for the time being, by and with the ad- 
vice and consent of the council, for the necessary support and 
defence of this state, and for the necessary protection and 
preservation of the inhabitants thereof, agreeably to the acts 
and resolves of the general court. 

All public boards, the commissary-general, all superintend- 
ing officers of public magazines and stores, belonging to this 



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state, and ail commanding officers of forts and garrisons within 
the same, shall once in every three months officially, and with- 
out requisition, and at other times, when required by the gov- 
ernor, deliver to him an account of all goods, stores, pro- 
visions, ammunition, cannon with their appendages and small 
arms, with their accoutrements, and of all other public prop- 
erty under their care respectively; distinguishing the quantity, 
and kind of each, as particularly as may be ; together with the 
condition of such forts and garrisons : And the commanding 
officer shall exhibit to the .governor, when required by him, 
true and exact plans of such forts, and of the land and sea or 
harbor or harbors adjacent. 

And to prevent an undue influence in this state, which the 
first magistrate thereof may acquire, by the long possession of 
the important powers and trusts of that office, as also to stim- 
ulate others to qualify themselves for the service of the public, 
in the highest stations, no man shall be eligible as governor of 
this state, more tha'n three years in any seven. 

And as the public good requires, that the Governor should 
not be under the undue influence of any members of the two 
houses, by a dependence on them for support, that he should 
in all cases act with freedom for the benefit of the public ; that 
he should not have his attention necessarilv diverted from that 
object to his private concerns ; and that he should maintain the 
dignity of the State in the character of its Chief Magistrate ; it 
is necessary that he should have an honorable stated salary of 
a fixed and permanent value, amply sufficient for those pur- 
poses, and established by standing laws ; and it shall be among 
the- first acts of the general court after the commencement of 
this constitution, to establish such salary by law accordingly. 

Permanent and honorable salaries shall be established by 
law for the Justices of the Superior Court. 

Whenever the chair of the Governor shall be vacant, by 
reason of his death, absence from the state, or otherwise, the 
President of the Senate, for the time being, shall during such 
vacancy, have and exercise all the powers and authorities which 
by this constitution the Governor is vested with when person- 
ally present ; and whenever the President shall fill the chair, 
he shall have no voice in the Senate. 

COUNCIL. 

There shall be a Council for advising the Governor, in the 
executive part of go\ernment, to consist of five persons, whom 
the Governor for the time being, shall have full power and 
authority to convene from time to time, at his discretion, and 
the Governor, with the Counsellors, or three of them at least, 
shall and may, from time to time, hold and keep a council, for 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 87 1 

ordering and directing the affairs of the State, according to the 
laws of the land. 

Five Counsellors shall be annually chosen from among the 
people at large, on the first Wednesday of June annually by 
joint ballot of the Senators and representatives in one room as- 
sembled. The qualifications for counsellors, shall be the same 
as those required for senators. 

j^The resolutions and advice of the Council shall be recorded 
in a register, and signed by the members present, and the rec- 
ord may be called for at any time, by either house of the legis- 
lature, and any member of the Council may enter his opinion 
contrary to the resolution of the majority. 

And whereas the elections appointed to be made by this con- 
stitution, on the first Wednesday of June annually, by the two 
houses of the legislature, may not be completed on that day, 
the said elections may be adjourned from day to day until the 
same shall be completed. And the order of the elections shall 
be as follows : the vacancies in the senate, if any, shall be first 
filled up ; the Governor shall then be. elected, provided there 
should be no choice of him by the people : And afterwards the 
two houses shall proceed to the election of the Council. 

SECRETARY, TREASURER, COMMISSARY-GENERAL, &C. 

The Secretary, Treasurer, and Commissary-General, shall 
be chosen by joint ballot of the senators and representatives in 
one room : and no man shall be eligible as Treasurer or com- 
missary-general of this state, more than five years successively. 

The records of the state shall be kept in the office of the 
secretary, who may appoint his deputies, for whose conduct he 
shall be answerable, and he shall attend the governor and coun- 
cil, the senate and representatives, in person, or by deputy, as 
they may require. 

COUNTY-TREASURER, &C. 

The County-Treasurers, and Registers of Deeds shall be 
-elected by the inhabitants of the several towns, in the several 
counties in the state, according to the method now practised, 
and the present laws of the state : And before they enter upon 
the business of their offices, shall be respectively sworn faith- 
fully to discharge the duties thereof, and shall severally give 
bond, with sufficient sureties, in a reasonable sum for the use 
of the county, for the punctual performance of their respective 
trusts. 

JUDICIARY POWER. 

The tenure, that all commission officers shall have by law in 
their offices, shall be expressed in their respective commis- 



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sions. All judicial officers, duly appointed, commissioned 
and sworn, shall hold their offices during good behaviour, ex- 
cepting those concerning whom there is a different provision 
made in this constitution : Provided nevertheless, the Governor,, 
with consent of council, may remove them upon the address 
of both houses of the legislature. 

Each branch of the legislature, as well as the governor and 
council, shall have authority to require the opinions of the 
justices of the superior court upon important questions of law* 
and upon solemn occasions. 

In order that the people may not suffer from the long con- 
tinuance in place of any justice of the peace, who shall fail in 
discharging the important duties of his office with ability and 
fidelity, all commissions of Justices of the peace shall expire 
and become void, in the term of five years from their respect- 
ive dates ; and upon the expiration of any commission, the 
same may if necessary, be renewed, or another person ap- 
pointed, as shall most conduce to the well-being of the State. 

The judges of probate of wills, and for granting letters of 
administration, shall hold their courts, at such place, or 
places, on such fixed days, as the convenience of the people 
may require. And the legislature shall from time to time, 
hereafter appoint such times and places, until which appoint- 
ments the said courts shall be holden at the times and places 
which the respective judges shall direct. 

All causes of marriage, divorces and alimony, and all ap- 
peals from the respective judges of probate, shall be heard 
and tried by the superior court, until the legislature shall, by 
law, make other provisions. 

CLERKS OF COURTS. 

The Clerks of the Superior Court of Judicature, Inferior 
Courts of Common Pleas, and General Sessions of the Peace, 
Shall be appointed by the respective courts during pleasure. 
And to prevent any fraud or unfairness in the entries and rec- 
ords of said courts, no such clerk shall be of counsel in any 
cause in the court of which he is clerk, nor shall he fill any- 
writ in any civil action whatsoever. 

DELEGATES TO CONGRESS. 

The Delegates of this State to the Congress of the United 
States, shall sometime between the first Wednesday of June 
and the first Wednesday of September annually, be elected by 
the senate and house of representatives in their seperate 
branches, to serve in congress for one year ; to commence on. 
the first Monday in November then next ensuing. They shall 



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3 

have commissions under the hand of the governor, and the great 
seal of the state ; butmayhe recalled at any time within the year, 
and others chosen and commissioned, in the same manner, in 
HieiT stead. And they shall have the same qualifications in all 
respects, as by this constitution are required for the governor. 
No person shall be capable of being a delegate to Congress, 
for more than three years in any term of six years ; nor shall 
any person being a delegate, be capable of holding any oflice 
Under the United States, for which he, or any other for his 
benefit, receives any salary, or emolument of any kind. 

ENCOURAGEMENT OF LITERATURE, &C. 

Knowledge and Learning, generally diffused through a com- 
munity, being essential to the preservation of a free govern- 
ment, and spreading the opportunities and advantages of edu- 
cation through the various parts of the country, being highly 
conducive to promote this end ; it shall be the duty of the leg- 
islators and magistrates, in all future periods of this govern- 
ment, to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and 
all seminaries and public schools, to encourage private and 
public institutions, rewards and immunities for the promotion 
of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufac- 
tures, and natural history of the country; to countenance and 
inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, 
public and private charity, industry and economy, honesty and 
punctuality in their dealings ; sincerity, sobriety, and all social 
affections, and generous sentiments, among the people. 



Oaths and Subscriptions; Exclusion from Offices; 
Commissions , Writs ; Confirmation of Laws ; Habeas 
Corpus ; the Enacting Stile ; Continuance of Offi- 
cers ; Provision for a Future Revision of the Consti- 
tution, &c. 

Any person chosen Governor, Counsellor, Senator or Rep- 
resentative, accepting the trust, shall before he proceeds to 
execute the duties of his office, make and subscribe the fol- 
lowing declaration, viz. 

I, A. B. do truly and sincerely acknowledge, -profess, tes- 
tify and declare, that the State of Nezv Hampshire is\ and 
of right ought to be, a free, sovereign, and independent 
State; and do swear that I 'will bear faith and true alle- 
giance to the same, and that I will defend it against all 
treacherous conspiracies and hostile attempts whatever ; and 
that I do renounce any subjection and obedience to the sov- 
ereign, or government of Great Britain, and every foreign 
power whatsoever, and that no foreign prince, person, pre- 



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late, state or potentate hath, or ought to have, any jurisdic- 
tion, superiority, pre-eminence, authority dispensing or 
other power, i?i any mailer civil, ecclesiastical, or political 
within this State, except the power and authority which is, 
or may be vested by their Constituents in the Congress of the 
United States : And I do farther testify and declare, that 
no ma?i or body of men, hath or can have, a right to absolve 
me from the obligation of this oath, declaration or affirma- 
tion ; and that J do make this acknowledgement, profession, 
testimony, declaration, denial and renunciation, honestly 
and truly, according to the common acceptation of the fore- 
going words, without any equivocation, ??iental evasion, or 
secret reservation whatsoever. 

So help me God. 

I A. B. do solemnly and sincerely swear and affir?n, that 
I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform 
all the duties incumbent on me as according to the 

best of my abilities, agreeably to the rules and regulations 
of this Constitution, and the laws of the State of New 
Hampshire. "So help me God." 

Provided always, When any Person chosen or appointed as 
aforesaid, shall be of the denomination called Quakers, or 
shall be scrupulous of swearing, and shall decline taking the 
said oath, such shall take and subscribe them, omitting the 
word kt Swear" and likewise the words " So help me God," 
subjoining instead thereof, This I do under the pains and pen- 
alties of perjury. And the oaths or affirmations shall be taken 
and subscribed by the Governor, before the President of the 
Senate in the presence of the two Houses of Assembly ; and 
by the Senate and Representatives first elected under this 
Constitution, before the President and three of the Council of 
the former Constitution, and forever afterwards, before the 
Governor and Council for the time being : and by the residue 
of the officers aforesaid, before such persons, and in such man- 
ner as from time to time shall be prescribed by the Legisla- 
ture. 

All commissions shall be in the name of the State of New 
Hampshire, signed by the Governor, and attested by the Sec- 
retary, or his deputy, and shall have the great seal of the State 
affixed thereto. 

All writs issuing out of the clerk's office in any of the courts 
of law, shall be in the name of the State of New Hampshire ; 
shall be under the seal of the court whence they issue and 
bear test of the chief, first or senior Justice of the court; but 
when such Justice shall be interested, then the writ shall bear 
test of some other Justice of the court, to which the same 
shall be returnable, and be signed by the clerk of such Court. 



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Ail indictments, presentments and information shall con- 
clude against the peace and dignity of the State. 

The estates of such persons as may destroy their own lives, 
shall not for that ofTence be forfeited, but descend or ascend in 
the same manner, as if such person had died in a natural way. 
Nor shall any article, which shall accidentally occasion the 
death of any person, be henceforth deemed a deodand, or in 
any wise forfeited on account of such misfortune. 

All the laws which have heretofore been adopted, read and 
approved, in the Province, Colony or State of New Hampshire, 
and usually practised on in the courts of law, shall still remain 
and be in full force, until altered and repealed- by the Legisla- 
ture ; such parts there off only excepted, as are repugnant to 
the rights and liberties contained in this Constitution. 

The priviledge and benefit of the Habeas Corpus, shall be 
enjoyed in this State, in the most free, easy, cheap, expeditious, 
and ample manner, and shall not be suspended by the Legis- 
lature, except upon the most urgent and pressing occasions, 
and for a time not exceeding three months. 

The enacting stile in making and passing Acts, Statutes and 
laws, shall be — Be it enacted by the Senate and House of 
Representatives in General Court convened. 

No Governor, or Judge of the Superior Court, shall hold 
any office or place, under the authority of this State, except 
such as by this Constitution they are admitted to hold, saving 
that the Judges of the said Court may hold the offices of Jus- 
tice of the Peace throughout the State ; nor shall they hold any 
place or office, or receive any pension or salary, from any other 
State, Government or Power whatever. 

No person shall be capable of exercising at the same time, 
more than one of the following offices within this State, viz, 
Judge of Probate, Sheriff, Register of Deeds ; and never more 
than two offices of profit which may be held by appointment 
of the Governor, or Governor and Council, or Senate and 
House of Representatives, or Superior or Inferior Courts; 
military offices and offices of Justices of the Peace excepted. 

No person holding the office of Judge of the Superior Court, 
Secretary, Treasurer of the State, Judge of Probate, Com- 
missary General, Military Officers receiving pay from the 
Continent or this State ; excepting officers of the militia occa- 
sionally called forth on an emergency, Judge of the Inferior 
Court of Common Pleas, President, Professor or Instructor of 
any College, Sheriff or officer of the Customs, including naval 
officers, shall at the same time have a seat in the Senate or 
House of Representatives or Council ; but their being chosen 
or appointed to and accepting the same shall operate as a resig- 



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nation of their scat in the Senate, or House of Representatives 
or Council, and the place so vacated shall be filled up. 

No person shall ever be admitted to hold a Seat in the Legis- 
lature, or any office of trust or importance under this Govern- 
ment, who in the due course of law. has been convicted of 
bribery, or corruption in obtaining an election or appoint- 
ment. 

In all cases where sums of money are mentioned in this 
Constitution, the value thereof shall be computed in silver at six 
shillings and eight pence per ounce. And it shall be in the power 
of the Legislature to increase such qualifications as to prop- 
erty of persons to be elected to office, as the circumstances of 
the State may require. 

To the end that there may be no failure of justice or danger 
arise to this State from a change of the form of Government, 
all civil and military officers, holding commissions under the 
Government and People of New Hampshire, and other officers 
of the said Government and People, at the time this Constitu- 
tion shall take effect, shall hold, exercise and enjoy all "the 
powers and authorities to them granted and committed, until 
other persons shall be appointed in their stead. All courts of 
law in the business of their respective departments, and the 
Executive and Legislative Bodies and Persons, shall continue 
in full fcrce. enjoyment and exercise of all their trusts and em- 
ployments, until the General Court and the supreme and other 
Executive officers under this Constitution, are designated and 
invested with their respective trusts, powers and authority. 

This form of Government shall be enrolled on parchment, 
and deposited in the Secretary's office, and be a part of the 
laws of the land, and printed copies thereof shall be prefixed 
to the books containing the laws of this State, in all future edi- 
tions thereof. 

To preserve an effectual adherence to the principles of the 
Constitution, and to correct any violation thereof ; as well as 
to make such alterations therein, as from experience may be 
found necessary, the General Court shall after the expiration of 
seven years from the time this Constitution shall take effect, 
issue their precepts to the selectmen of the several towns, and 
to the assessors of unincorporated places within this State, di- 
recting them to convene the qualified voters therein, for the 
purpose of collecting their sentiments on the necessity or ex- 
pediency of revising the Constitution in order for amendments : 
And if it shall appear by the returns made, that two thirds of 
the qualified voters through the State who shall assemble and 
vote in consequence of said precepts, are in favor of such re- 
vision and amendments', the General Court shall issueprecepts, 



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:m to be issued from the Secretary's office, to the 
several towns and unincorporated places to elect delegates to 
meet in Convention for the purpose aforesaid : The said dele- 
gates to be chosen in the same manner and proportion as the 
delegates to the annual County Conventions, are by this Con- 
stitution. 



In Convention, September 14, 17S1. 

Resolved that this Convention be adjourned to the fourth Wednes- 
day of January next, to meet at Concord ; and that seven hundred cop- 
ies of the Plan of Government, which is agreed upon, to be printed, 
including such as shall be ordered to each member of the General 
Court, and of the Convention, be sent to the selectmen of each town, 
and assessors of each plantation, under the direction of the Committee 
appointed for that purpose : And that the selectmen and assessors be 
requested as soon as may be to lay the same before the inhabitants of 
their respective towns and plantations. And if the major part of the 
inhabitants of said towns and plantations disapprove of any particular 
part of the same, that they be desired to state their objections distinctly 
and the reasons therefor. And the selectmen and assessors are desired 
to transmit the same to 'the Convention on the fourth Wednesday of 
January aforesaid, or to the Secretary of the Convention before then", 
in order for the revision, and consideration of the convention at the 
adjournment; with the number of voters in said towns and plantations 
meetings, on each side of the question : That the Convention may be 
able to collect the general sense of the people of this State on the sev- 
eral parts of the proposed Constitution: And if there should not ap- 
pear to be two thirds of the people in favor thereof, that the Conven- 
tion may alter : t in such manner as may be most agreeable to the senti- 
ments of two thirds of the voters throughout this State. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 

On the fourth Wednesday of January. 17S2, the Convention met ac- 
cording to adjournment; and on examination of the returns of votes, 
found the Constitution was rejected. The Convention then adiourned 
to the third Wednesday in August following, at which they agreed on 
another Plan of Government, which was sent cut to the people with 
another Address. 



SECOND ADDRESS OF THE CONVENTION 

FOR FRAMING A NEW CONSTITUTION OR FORM OF GOVERNMENT 
FOR Til 3 STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, TO THE INHABITANTS 
OF SAID STATE. 

[Sent out in 17S2.] 



Note. — This Address, though very similar in many points to the 
first, is evidently modified by the " reasons" which the people assigned 
for rejecting the first Constitution. Ed. 



8;3 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Friends and Fellow-Citizens, 

The Gene ral- Assembly of this State having thought proper to- issue . 
precepts to the several Towns within the same, for choosing delegates 
to form a Convention for the purpose of framing a civil Constitution 
for the people of this State; and the Convention having repeatedly 
met in consequence of such choice, maturely deliberated on the impor- 
tant subject, collected as nearly as possible the sentiments of the Inhab- 
itants of this State from their returns .laid before the Convention in 
June last, agree to report the following plan, which with the humblest 
deference is submitted to your impartial consideration. 

The forming a Constitution, adapted not only to our present situa- | 

tion, but to the probable circumstances of remote posterity, is truly an 
arduous task! How far we have succeeded in the attempt, you are the 
sole judges. It is your interest as well as duty, to examine it with the 
most critical attention ; and it is your unquestionable right to propose 
such alterations as you may judge necessarv, to approve and establish 
the plan as it now stands, or wholly to reject it. 

A perfect system of Government is not to be expected in the pres- 
ent imperfect state of humanity. But could a faultless one be framed, 
it would not be universally approved, unless its judges were all equally 
perfect. Much less then, may we presume to hope that the plan here 
offered to view will meet with universal approbation. Unanimity of | 

sentiment is seldom to be found in any case: there are many reasons | 

for despairing of it in the present. Besides the common sources for 
variety of opinions on points in general, there are new and particular 
ones in the case before us. There is nothing which our often, avowed 
enemies more dread than to see the several States, each formed into a 
permanent and well-constructed body-politick, as nothing under GOD, 
can more contribute to the stabilitv of their councils, or the success of 
their exertions. Nor have we any reason to doubt but that our secret, 
internal e?iemies are equally averse thereto. Every artifice will be de- 
vised, every effort tried, to frustrate an event equally dreaded by both. 
Let us guard against their machinations. 

When the people of this State first thought proper to assume gov- 
ernment for themselves, it was a time of difficulty and peril. That 
form which was the simplest, and first presented itselfto their view, in the 
perturbation of spirits that then prevailed, they adopted without that 
thorough discussion and calm deliberation which so important an ob- 
ject required.. It was not intended to be lasting. It was expressly de- 
clared by themselves to be temporary. 

In this imperfect form, the Legislative and Executive powers of gov- 
ernment were vested in one body, to wit, in a General Court, consist- 
ing of two branches, a House of Representatives and a Council. Nor 
was any provision made therein for the exercise of the executive power 
in the recess of the General-Assembly. So great a defect was soon 
discovered and felt ; and the Court thus established by the Constitution, 
were compelled to attempt a remedy by delegating the executive-power 
to a Committee of Safety in the recess of the General-Assembly ; which 
mode has since been continued, and this Committee has made an 
important part of the government. 

A further defect, among many others, is the want of an Exclu- 
sion Bill : In consequence of which, some individuals assist in en- 
acting laws, in explaining and applying them, and even in carrying 
them into execution. 

While we forbear to mention a variety of other imperfections, per- 
mit us to suggest, that the great expence incurred by frequent meetings 
of the Committee of Safety, and the delay necessarily occasioned by 



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number of persons, have been too sensibly felt to require arguments on 
our part, to convince you that an alteration in this respect, will pro- 
mote the interest of every individual in the community. 

Having premised these things, we will proceed to consider as criti- 
cally as the limits of our time will admit, the frame of government 
herewith exhibited to your view: its principles, and some of the mo- 
tives that induced us to prefer it to any other system which occurred to 
us. 

Availing ourselves of the various theories and forms of government 
we could meet with, whether new or old, examining their principles, 
and comparing them, as far as we were able, with experience, the sur- 
est touchstone, and most infallible comment, we collected sufficient, 
and we hoped the best materials, for the political building now pre- 
sented to your view. 

The three powers of government before hinted at. to wit — The legis- 
lative, or power of making laws — The judicial or power of expound- 
ing and applying them to each particular case — And the executive, to 
carry them into effect, and give the political machine life and motion : 
These three important powers we have thought proper to keep as sep- 
erate and distinct as possible, for the following reasons. 

If they should be all united, the government would then be a com- 
plete system of tyranny. The same party wotsld be legislator, accuser, 
judge and executioner. 

If the legislative and judicial powers should be united, the maker of 
the law would be the interpreter thereof, and nnight make it speak what 
language best pleased him, to the total abolition of justice. 

If the executive and legislative powers should be vested in one body, 
still greater evils woidd follow. This body would enact onlv such 
laws as it wished to carry into execution, and would besides, entirely 
absorb and destroy the judicial power, one of the greatest securities of 
the life, liberty, and property of the subject; and in line, would pro- 
duce the same system of despotism first mentioned. 

And lastly, should the executive and judicial powers be combined, 
the great barrier against oppression would be at once destroyed : The 
laws would be made to bend to the will of that power which sought 
to execute them with the most unbridled rapacity. 

These several powers should also be independent; in order to which 
they are formed with a check upon each other, We shall proceed to 
consider them distinctly. 

The legislative-power we have vested in a Senate and House of Rep- 
resentatives (with the reserve hereafter mentioned) each of which 
branches is to have a negative on the other; and either may originate 
any Bill, except for the grant of monies, which is always to originate 
in the House. Any alterations or amendments may be proposed by 
either branch, in all cases. We have given the supreme executive 
power the right of revising and objecting to all the acts passed by the 
legislature, for reasons hereafter to be mentioned. 

The mode of representation is not only the best we could devise, but 
is conformed to the sentiments of a very great majority of individuals 
in the State, as appears by the returns which they have been pleased to 
lay before us; and doth not materially differ from that which has long 
been practised upon in this government: consequently not likely to 
produce those dangerous evils, which too often flow from the adopting 
systems not recommended by the voice of experience. Every town, 
parish, or place, however inconsiderable, may be represented by being 
classed with some other; and where this cannot fee done without incon- 
venience, the General-Assembly is impowered to grant relief. And 
should any defects be discovered in the present mode of representation, 



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a revision at the end of seven years, will afford sufficient opportunity 
to apply a remedy. 

The choice and powers of the Senate being sufficiently explained in 
the Constitution, we shall pass over with a bare mention, and proceed 
to the executive-power. 

This power is the active principle in all governments. Its depart- 
ment is to put in execution all the laws enacted by the Legislative- 
body. Its characteristic requisites are secrecy, vigour, and dispatch. 
The fewer persons therefore, this supreme power is trusted with, the 
greater probability there is that these requisites will be found. The 
Convention therefore, on the raaturest deliberation, have thought it 
best to lodge this power in the hands of one, whom they have stiledthe 
Governor. They have indeed ©loathed him with the necessary pow- 
ers, while every possible provision is made to guard against the abuse 
of this high betrustment, and protect the rights of the people. — The 
manner of his choice is such, that he is the most perfect representative 
of the people. He can take no one step of importance without the 
advice of his privy Council; and he is elected annually. Every neces- 
sary and useful qualification is required in him, in point of age, relig- 
ion, residency, and fortune. In addition to all which, he is liable for 
every misconduct to be impeached, tried and displaced, by the two leg- 
islative branches; and is amenable to the laws besides, equally with the 
meanest subject of the State. Thus controlled and checked himself, 
the Convention thought it reasonable and necessary, that he, in turn, 
should have some check on the legislative power. They therfore gave 
him the right of objecting to, and suspending, tho' not the absolute 
control over the acts ot that body; which they thought indispensably 
necessary to repel any encroachments on the executive-power, and pre- 
serve its independency. 

As the strength and safety of this State will greatly depend on the 
keeping up a well regulated militia, we have been particularly attentive 
to this important object; and after the most mature deliberation have 
adopted a mode for the appointment of militia officers, which we flatter 
ourselves will receive your approbation. Experience has sufficiently 
convinced the Americans in general, and some 6t~ our neighbouring 
States in particular, of the ill consequence, resulting from the method 
adopted in their Constitutions of the Captains and Subalterns being 
chosen by the soldiers, and the field officers by the Captains and Subal- 
terns. This not only renders every superior officer dependent on his 
inferior, but opens a dangerous avenue to division, discord and ani- 
mosity in every corps ; where the election of an officer is not unani- 
mous, which cannot be always rationally expected, indolent and un- 
qualified persons, who know how to gain an ascendency over the 
minds of the soldiers, by art. and address, will probably be preferred 
to those who by a strict attention to the duties of their office, would 
render the militia respectable in the minds of our friends, and formida- 
ble in the eyes of our enemies. 

At the commencement of the present war with Great-Britain, the want 
of experience necessarily induced many, if not all the States, to adopt this 
mode of appointing their officers to serve in the Continental army, 
which method would have continued to this day, if experience had not 
sufficiently demonstrated, that subordination, harmony, and regular 
discipline, could not exist, where such appointments were tolerated. 

To avoid these, and many other evils, too tedious to enumerate, we 
have vested the Governor 6l Council, with the power of appointing the 
General and field-officers ; and have given the field-officers the power 
of nominating their Captains and Subalterns. 

Persons qualified to till the important- posts of General and field- 
officers, will undoubtedly be sufficiently known in the State; and a 



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knowledge of their talents may be acquired by the Governor and 
Council, without that difficulty, which would attend an examination, 
respecting the abilities of persons qualified to serve as Captains and 
Subalterns. 

The Governor and Council will have every inducement to be partic- 
ular in the appointment of proper persons, as General & field officers, 
& the field officers must feel their honor too nearly concerned, in the 
nomination of their under officers, to recommend any, without first 
availing themselves of every necessary information and advice. We 
have been thus particular upon this head on account ot its great impor- 
tance to the State, our own observations, and the opinion of every 
person versed in the art of war, concur in persuading us, that our 
safety, and yours, as well as that of unborn posterity, will depend upon 
your rejecting the ill-judged method of electing officers by the voice of 
tumult, distention, and party spirit, and adopting the natural, and 
rational mode of appointment which we recommend. 

The judicial department falls next under our consideration. 

This comprehends the judges of the several courts, and the Jus- 
tices of the peace throughout the State. These are all appointed by 
the Governor, with the advice of Council, but not removable by him 
iii case of mal-conduct, but by the Legislature — and in no case with- 
out the intervention of that body. 

The Judges all hold their offices during good behaviour: the only 
proper tenure, especially for the Judges of the Supreme Court of Judi- 
cature, as they ought, in a peculiar manner, to feel themselves inde- 
pendent and free, and as none would be at the pains to qualify them- 
selves for such important places, if they were liable to be removed at 
pleasure. As another inducement for persons so to qualify themselves, 
as an encouragement to vigilance, and an antidote to bribery and cor- 
ruption ; adequate, honorable, and permanent salaries to the Judges of 
the Supreme Court in a particular manner, we have made assential in 
the Constitution, and do now most strongly recommend. 

The alteration of justices commissions from life, to five years, is 
to guard against age, incapacity, and too large a number ; to secure 
the appointment of the best; and to prevent too frequent addresses 
and impeachments. You will judge of the propriety and expediency 
of this innovation, and either give it your sanction or not as appears 
to you best. 

The reason^ for the Exclusion-Bill, are too obvious to need point- 
ing out. Sad experience has evinced the necessity of such provision. 
Besides the interference of several offices held by the same person, in point 
of time, which we have often seen; and the difficulty of one man's giv- 
ing- his attention to many matters sufficiently to understand them all, 
which we have too often felt; there is a still stronger reason, which is 
the difficulty of a man's preserving his integrity in discharging the 
duties of each unstained — at least by suspicion. 

From the deepest impression of the vast importance of Literature 
in a free government. Ave have interwoven it with, and made its protec- 
tion and encouragement a part of the Constitution itself. 

The Bill of Rights contains the essential principles of the Consti- 
tution. It is the foundation on which the whole political fabric is 
reared, and is consequently, a most important part thereof. 

We have endeavor d therein to ascertain and define the most impor- 
tant and essential natural rights of men. We have distinguished be- 
twixt the alienable and unalienable rights : For the former of which, 
men may receive an equivalent; for the latter, or the Rights of Con- 
science, they can receive none : The world itself being wholly inade- 



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I 
{j«ate to the purchase. " For zvhat is a man profited, though he should" 
"gain the xvkole xvorld, and lose his oivn soul? " 

The various modes of worship among mankind, are founded in their 
various sentiments and beliefs concerning the GREAT OBJECT of all 
religious worship and adoration, — therefore to Him alone, and not to 
man, are they accountable for them. 

Thus the Convention have endeavored to explain as particularly as 
they could without tre-spassing on your patience, the reasons and prin- 
ciples upon which they have laboured to form this Constitution. They 
have done it in integrity and faithfulness. They conceived themselves 
as part of the community for which the Constitution is intended, and 
therefore equally interested with the other members in framing the 
best. Whatever latent defects there may be in it, time will discover 
them — and, at the end of seven years, provision is made that they may 
be amended — Confiding therefore in your candour, and humbly implor- 
ing on your behalf, that assistance which the fountain of wisdom sees 
you need, we leave it in your hands, and wait with cheerful acquies- 
cence, your decision. 

In t/n\name, and pursuant to a Resolution of the Convention. 

GEORGE ATKINSON, President. 

Attest, JOHN SULLIVAN, Secretary P. T. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 



The Bill of Rights, included in this second Constitution, is word for 
word exactly like that sent out with the first (and hence need not be 
repeated) — except in the following articles, which readers will please 
notice; — the difference being marked by parallel lines, thus ||. 



Article XVI. No subject shall be liable to be tried after an acquit- 
tal, for IS the same crime or offence. j| Nor shall the Legislature make 
any law that shall subject any person to a capital punishment, — except- 
ing for the government of the army and navy, and the militia in actual 
service, — without trial by Jury. 

Article XVII. In criminal prosecutions, the trial of facts in the 
vicinity where they happen, is so essential to the security of life, lib- 
erty and estate of the citizen, that no crime or offence ought to be tried 
in any other county than where it is committed; jjexcept in cases of a 
general insurrection in any particular countv, where it shall appear to 
the Judges of the Superior Court, that an impartial trial cannot be 
had in the county where the offence may be committed, and upon their 
report, the Assembly shall think proper to direct the trial in the near- 
est county where an impartial trial can be obtained. j| 

Article XX. [The last line.] the Legislature shall [jthinkjj it nec- 
essary hereafter to alter it. 

Article XXXVI. Economy being a most essential virtue in all 
States, jlmore especially in a young one, no person ought to receive 
any stipend or salary, but as an equivalent for actual services; and the 
Legislature ought to be exceeding cautious of granting pensions, es- 
pecially for life.,j 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 8S3 

A CONSTITUTION OR FORM OF GOVERNMENT 

FOR THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



PART II. 

The People inhabiting the Territory formerly called the Province of 
Nav- Hampshire, do hereby solemnly and mutually agree with each 
other, to form themselves into a free, sovereign, and independent Body- 
politic or State, by the Name of the STATE of NEW-HAMPSHIRE. 

The GENERAL COURT. 

The Supreme Legislative power within this State shall be vested in 
a Senate and House of Representatives, each of which shall have a neg- 
ative on the other. 

The Senate and House shall assemble every year on the first Wed- 
nesday of June, and at such other times as they may judge necessary, 
and shall dissolve, and be dissolved, seven days next preceding the said 
first Wednesday in June; and shall be stifedTHE GENERAL COURT 
of NEW r -HAMP3HlRE. 

No bill or resolve of the Senate or House of Representatives shall 
become a law. and have force as such, until it shall have been laid be- 
fore the Governor for his revisal : And if he, upon such revision, ap- 
prove thereof, he shall signify his approbation by signing the same. — 
But if he has any objection to the passing of such bill or resolve, he 
shall return the same, together with his objections thereto, in writing, 
to the Senate or House of Representatives, in which soever the same 
shall have originated ; who shall enter the objections sent down by the 
Governor, -at large, on their records, and proceed to reconsider the said 
bill or resolve : But if upon such reconsideration, three quarters of the 
said Senate or House of Representatives, shall notwithstanding the said 
objections, agree to pass the same, it shall, together with the objections, 
be sent to the other branch of the Legislature, where it shall be also 
reconsidered, and if approved by three quarters of the members pres- 
ent, it shall have the force of law: But in all such cases, the votes of 
both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays ; and the names of 
the persons voting for, or against, the said bill or resolve, shall be en- 
tered upon the public records of the State. 

And in order to prevent unnecessary delays, if any bill or resolve 
having been presented to the Governor, shall not be returned by him 
within the next eight days of the sitting of the General-Assembly, at 
the same session: or if it shall not so long continue, then on the" sec- 
ond day of their next session, the same shall have the force of a law. 

The General Court shall forever have full power and authority to 
erect and constitute judicatories and courts of record, or other courts, 
to be holden in the name of the State, for the hearing, trying, and de- 
termining all manner of crimes, offences, pleas, processes, plaints, ac- 
tions, causes, matters, and things, whatsoever; arising, or happening 
within this State, or between or concerning persons inhabiting, or re- 
siding, or brought within the same, whether the same be criminal or 
civil, or whether the crimes be capital, or not capital, and whether the 
said pleas be real, personal, or mixt; and for the awarding and issuing 
execution thereon. To which courts. and judicatories are hereby given 
and granted full power and authority, from time to time, to administer 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



oaths or affirmations, for the better discovery of truth in any matter in 
controversy, or depending before them. 

And farther, full power and authority are hereby given and granted 
to the said General Court, from time to time, to make, ordain, and es- 
tablish, all manner of wholesome and reasonable orders, laws, statutes, 
ordinances, directions and instructions, either with penalties or with- 
out: so as the same be not repugnant, or contrary to this Constitution, 
as they may judge for the benefit and welfare of this State, and for the 
governing and ordering thereof, and of the subjects of the same, for the 
necessary support and defence of the government thereof; and to name 
and settle annually, or provide by fixed laws, for the naming and set- 
tling all civil officers within this State; such officers excepted, the elec- 
tion and appointment of whom, are hereafter in this form of govern- 
ment otherwise provided for; and to set forth the several duties, pow- 
ers, and limits, of the several civil and military officers of this State, 
and the forms of such oaths or affirmations, as shall be respectively ad- 
ministered unto them for the execution for their several offices and 
places, so as the same be not repugnant or contrary to this Constitu- 
tion; anai also to impose fines, mulcts, imprisonments, and other pun- 
ishments; and to impose and levy proportional and reasonable assess- 
ments, rates and taxes, upon all the inhabitants of, and residents within 
the said State; and upon all estates within the same; to be issued and 
disposed of by warrant under the hand of the Governor of this State 
for the time being, with the advice and consent of the Council, for the 
public service, in the necessary defence and support of the Government 
of this State, and the protection and preservation of the subjects thereof, 
according to such acts as are, or shall be in force within the same. 

And while the public charges of government or any part thereof, 
shall be assessed on polls and estates in the manner that has heretofore 
been practised ; in order that such assessments may be made with equal- 
ity, there shall be a valuation of the estates within the State taken anew 
once in every five years at least, and as much oftener as the General 
Court shall order. 

SENATE. 

There shall be annually elected by the freeholders and other inhab- 
itants of this State, qualified as in this Constitution is provided, twelve 
persons to be Senators for the year ensuing their election ; to be chosen 
in and by the inhabitants of the districts, into which this State may 
from time to time be divided by the General Court for that purpose : 
And the General Court, in assigning the number to be elected by the 
respective districts, shall govern themselves by the proportion of pub- 
lic taxes paid by the said districts: and timely make known to the in- 
habitants of the State, the limits of each district, and the number of 
Senators to be elected therein; provided the number oi such districts 
shall never be more than ten, nor less than five. 

And the several Counties in this State, shall, until the General Court 
shall order otherwise, be districts for the election of Senators, and shall 
elect the following number, viz. 
Rockingham, jive. 
Strajford, two. 
Hillsborough, txvo. 
Cheshire, two* 
Grafton, one. 

The Senate shall be the first branch of the Legislature : And the 
Senators shall be chosen in the following manner, viz. Every male in- 
habitant of each Town and Parish with town privileges in the several 
Counties in this State, of twenty one years of age and upwards, paying 



CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS. 885 

for hijnsetf a poll tax, shall have a right at the annual or other meet- 
ings of the inhabitants of said Towns and Parishes, to be duly warned 
and holder, annually forever in the month of March; to vote in the 
Town or Parish wherein he dwells, for the Senators in the County or 
district whereof he is a member. 

And every person qualified as the Constitution provides, shall b*e con- 
sidered an inhabitant for the purpose of electing and being elected into 
any office or place within this State, in that Town, Parish and Planta- 
tion where he dwelleth and hath his home. 

The Selectmen of the several Towns and Parishes aforesaid, shall, 
during the choice of Senators, preside at such meetings impartially, and 
shall receive the votes of all the inhabitants of such Towns and Par- 
ishes present and qualified to vote for Senators, and shall sort and count 
the same in meeting, anc in presence of the Town Clerk, who shall 
make a fair record in presence of the Selectmen, and in open meeting, 
of the name of every person voted for, and the number of votes against 
his name; and a fair copy of this record shall be attested by the Select- 
men and Town Clerk, and shall be sealed up and directed to the Secre- 
tary of the State, with a superscription expressing the purport thereof, 
and delivered by said Clerk to the Sheriff of the County in which such 
Town or Parish lies, thirty days at least, before the first Wednesday of 
June ; and the Sheriff of each County or his deputy, shall deliver all 
such certificates by him received into the Secretary's office, seventeen 
days at least, before the first Wednesday of June. 

And the inhabitants of plantations and places unincorporated, qual- 
ified as this Constitution provides, who are or shall be required to as- 
sess taxes upon themselves towards the support of government, or 
shall be taxed therefor, .shall have the same privilege of voting for Sen- 
ators in the plantations and places wherein they reside, as the inhabit- 
ants of the respective Towns ana Parishes aforesaid have. And the 
meetings of such plantations and places for that purpose shall be holden 
annually in the month of March, at such places respectively therein, as 
the assessors thereof shall direct ; which assessors shall have like author- 
ity for notifying the electors, collecting and returning the votes, as the 
Selectmen and Town Clerks have in their several Towns by this Con- 
stituti